The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. As an experienced pediatric orthodontist in St. Augustine, FL, Dr. Henry can observe the development of your child’s teeth to detect crowding, crossbites, and other issues. Because Henry Advanced Orthodontics can provide early detection, we may be able to treat orthodontic concerns before they become more serious.
The Benefits of Pediatric Orthodontics
Sometimes, Dr. Henry may find that treatment is not yet necessary for your child. Even in these cases, an evaluation earlier in life can provide you and your child with the knowledge that their dental development is on track and a confident smile is in their future.
On the other hand, about 40 percent of young children need some form of orthodontic treatment. This may involve orthodontic appliances, partial braces, full braces, Invisalign, or other services. Early orthodontic intervention can produce a variety of benefits, including the following:
- Guiding your child’s jawbone growth
- Lowering the risk of trauma to teeth that protrude
- Correcting harmful habits like thumb sucking or lip wedging
- Preventing your child from needing surgeries or other invasive procedures down the road
- Improving your child’s appearance and self-confidence
Orthodontic Treatments for Children
Orthodontic treatments for children do more than straighten their teeth. They can maintain your child’s health and comfort and can boost their self-esteem. These treatments may provide additional benefits, including the following:
Palate Expansion: Early expansion prevents or reverses crossbites and crowding. Without this expansion process, a child’s teeth may come out crooked, or they may not break the gums at all.
Bite Improvement: Underbites, crossbites, and overbites are common issues that can lead to jaw pain and dysfunction. Braces or other orthodontic measures can change the way that the jaw sits and may provide improved function in the future.
Reduced Risk: When we straighten teeth, we can help to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria can easily build up between crooked or crowded teeth, making it more difficult for children to clean hard-to-reach areas.
Increased Confidence: We believe that every child should feel happy when they smile or laugh. That’s why we will do everything we can to give your child a confident smile that will last throughout their teenage and adult years.
A Brighter Future: Braces or other orthodontic treatments early in life can help save your child from discomfort and embarrassment. It can also prevent them from wearing orthodontic devices for an extended period of time and save you thousands of dollars on more complex services down the road.
At Henry Advanced Orthodontics, Dr. Henry performs a range of orthodontic treatments on children and adults across the First Coast. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 904-429-0095 or contact us online.