Many orthodontic issues are much more easily corrected with early intervention. By the time that your child reaches the age of 7, their mouth has developed a distinct structure even though it’s not completely done growing yet. With the help of comprehensive examination and X-ray images, Dr. Valderrama can determine whether your child is likely to have orthodontic issues as they grow. If problems with their permanent teeth are expected to develop, Dr. Valderrama can do early orthodontic treatment to prevent those issues from occurring.
The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
There are a number of significant benefits to having early orthodontic treatment for your child. They include:
- Avoiding problems caused by an overcrowded mouth as the adult teeth emerge
- Avoiding the development of problems like overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Avoiding jaw development problems as the adult teeth grown in
- Avoiding pain and discomfort caused by teeth growing with improper alignment
- Improved appearance, with a straighter and more attractive smile overall
- Improved self-confidence as your child enters their teen and tween years — your child can smile confidently
- Prevention of more complex and costly orthodontic corrections later
It’s also important to note that early orthodontic treatment is often less complex and time-consuming than adult orthodontic treatment. Problems are far more easily corrected when the mouth is still growing. When the mouth is fully grown and has been in a specific state of alignment for many years — which is the case with adult orthodontic patients — the correction can take twice as long and be far more difficult.
The Early Orthodontic Treatment Approach — and How it Benefits Your Child
Early orthodontic treatment is usually done in two different phases. The first phase starts as early as age 6-7, but it can begin later than that depending on when the problems are diagnosed. In the first phase, your child will still have most of their baby teeth. The first phase can correct issues with biting, help move the jaw into the proper position for the future, and help set the stage for the next phase of correction.
In the second phase, correction is done on the adult teeth as the growth patterns become clear. The second phase of correction usually consists of braces for anywhere from six months up to around 18 months. The braces will guide your child’s adult teeth into the right position for the long term.
When you decide to begin orthodontic treatment early in your child’s life, your child will come to accept it as a normal and healthy part of health and wellness care. Children who have early orthodontic treatment are much less likely to develop a fear of the dentist’s office because they are there on a regular basis. Dr. Valderrama and the Valderrama Orthodontics team really strive to make young patients feel comfortable. Early orthodontic treatment is enormously beneficial for your child, and they’ll be well aware of that as their teeth emerge without problems or pain.
Need Early Treatment for Your Child? Valderrama Orthodontics Can Help!
Valderrama Orthodontics is a highly respected orthodontic practice located in Melbourne, Florida. Patients from Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Palm Bay, and the whole Space Coast area count on Valderrama Orthodontics for the best in early intervention and treatment. A wide range of services are offered, including early treatment, metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, invisible teeth straightening aligners, retainers after braces, custom mouth guards for sports, and much more. At Valderrama Orthodontics, patients are treated with respect and compassion.
We look at patients like family members. Valderrama Orthodontics makes getting dental care as easy as possible. We offer an after-school program in which one of our team members will even pick up your child from school to bring them in for their dental visit. You can meet your child at our office or simply pick them up after their visit. Early treatment, and in fact all types of orthodontic treatment, are as easy and simple as possible at Valderrama Orthodontics. Feel free to contact our office anytime to arrange a visit.