The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. There’s a reason for that recommendation!
Pediatric Orthodontist in St. Augustine, FL
Your pediatric orthodontist in St. Augustine, FL, can clearly see the developmental progress of your child’s jaw and teeth by age seven. Early detection of crowding, crossbites, and other problems can allow for the most favorable and effective orthodontic treatment for your child. Schedule your appointment today at our dentist near Nocatee and St. Johns, FL.
Often, pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Henry, will suggest that treatment is not yet necessary for your child. In some cases, early appointments with a pediatric orthodontist will just give you and your child the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child’s tooth development is on track for a successful and confident smile.
For other young patients, involved early orthodontic intervention can produce all kinds of benefits. Somewhere around 40 percent of children should be taking advantage of some form of early orthodontic treatment. Treatment may involve orthodontic appliances, partial braces, full braces, Invisalign, or other services.
Early treatment allows Dr. Henry to:
- Guide your child’s jawbone growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruding teeth
- Correct harmful habits like thumb sucking or lip wedging
- Protect your child from surgeries or invasive treatments down the road
- Improve your child’s appearance and self-confidence
Children’s orthodontics do more than straighten teeth. They protect your child’s health and comfort, and boost their self-esteem. While orthodontics straighten teeth, they also provide benefits like the ones listed below.
Palate Expansion | Early expansion prevents or reverses crossbites and crowding. Without this expansion process, a child’s teeth may erupt crooked or may not erupt at all.
Bite Improvement | Underbite, crossbite, and overbite are common issues that can lead to jaw pain and dysfunction. Braces or other orthodontic measures can change the way the jaw sits and ensure more optimal function in the future.
Reduced Risk | When we straighten teeth, we reduce your child’s risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria can easily build up between crooked or crowded teeth, and children have a difficult time cleaning between these hard-to-reach areas. A straight and even smile is easy to clean and less susceptible to decay and disease.
Increased Confidence | Your child should feel happy when they smile and laugh. Pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Henry, will give your children confident smiles that will last throughout their teenage and adult years.
Brighter Future | Braces or other early orthodontics can save your child from discomfort and embarrassment. Other goals of early treatment include saving your child time in braces and saving you money that you might have had to spend on more complex services down the road.
To schedule your child’s examination with St. Augustine pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Henry, please contact our office today. Also serving St. Johns and Nocatee, FL.