Most people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence. Teens and braces seemingly go hand in hand, but adults also seek straighter teeth—one reason why clear aligners such as Invisalign are becoming more popular. The reason behind orthodontic treatment isn’t always aesthetic. Sometimes, functional issues exist that make braces or other orthodontic treatment the best choice. In this article, your Albertville dentists at Wall Street Dentistry want to explore the topic of when is the right time for your child to get braces.
Orthodontic evaluations can occur at an earlier age than you might think
A qualified dentist with knowledge of orthodontics can conduct one of these evaluations as early as the age of 7 years old but can be done on children as young as 3 or 4 years old. That does not mean your child will get braces at that time, but it’s an excellent opportunity to gauge their projected jaw growth and development. By age 7, permanent teeth have begun to erupt from the gum line, which serves as a guide for the alignment of all the permanent teeth in a child’s mouth. Also, by this time, the current alignment of your child’s teeth may be impacting eating or speaking.
Other conditions that could make braces before the age of 10 the right choice include:
- Crowded teeth
- A consistent oral resting posture with the mouth open
- Frequent mouth breathing
- The presence of a sleep breathing disorder in your child
- Teeth that protrude
Our dentists, Dr. Jonathan Renfroe and Dr. Josh Conley, can conduct a pre-orthodontic evaluation. At this appointment, we identify any potential development or alignment issues with the bite and jaws and then recommend a course of treatment.
If you choose braces for your child before they reach the age of 10, understand this is a big decision. Parents of children with braces at an early age will have to take a more significant role in helping their children maintain oral hygiene.
Early Intervention Orthodontics in Albertville
Waiting until adolescence to undergo the initial orthodontic evaluation can cause more problems than it solves. If there are issues with growth, development, and tooth alignment, functional treatment may be needed first, then braces later on to correct the alignment of their teeth. Through early intervention orthodontics, these developmental and growth issues can be identified and corrected. Our preferred method of treatment consists of functional orthodontics, which employs oral appliances to bring the jaws into their ideal alignment, correct hindered growth patterns, and improve any existing developmental issues. This method of treatment leads to straighter teeth, wide dental arches, optimum development of the jaws, and can even alter the skeletal structure of the face and, with it, their appearance. Moreover, sometimes, this proactive approach might end up preventing the need for braces at all later in life. You won’t know for sure until you make your appointment. Call (256) 878-0525 to schedule your initial consultation.
Wall Street Dentistry is proud to serve our patients in the areas of Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.