Orthodontic Treatments for Children in Farmington Hills
Early Orthodontic Treatment
What’s the difference between early and regular orthodontic treatment, and why may my child require early treatment? What are the long-term benefits of early treatment for my child?
These are just a handful of the questions that come up when it comes to children’s orthodontic treatment. Children as young as seven should see an orthodontist, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. The orthodontist will determine whether your child requires orthodontic treatment at this time.
Some signs to look out for to see if your child is in need of orthodontic treatment can include: early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty chewing and/or biting, crowding, speech impediments, mouth breathing, protruding teeth, crossbites, underbites, or even overbites.
Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Crowding of the teeth, gaps in the teeth, jaw growth difficulties, protruding teeth, and incorrect bites are all orthodontic disorders that can be inherited or induced by oral injuries, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.
By the time your child reaches the age of 13, most children have lost all of their baby teeth, and their jaw bones have hardened and stopped developing. Adult orthodontic procedures take longer and may require tooth extraction or oral surgery. Early orthodontic therapy as a child can help to reduce the need for orthodontic treatment as an adult, reducing the likelihood of extraction or surgery in the future.
Please contact our office to book an appointment if you think your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, or if your family dentist has recommended that you see an orthodontist. Our staff will conduct an initial examination on your child and discuss with you the best actions to follow in caring for his or her smile.