Will My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?

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Will My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Posted on 04/20/2022

Many parents wonder when is the best age for their children to start orthodontic treatment. At Brieden Orthodontics, we have the answers you need to know! As a family-friendly office, we work with families that are seeking treatment for their children, even if it means starting young. But is it truly necessary for a child to start orthodontic treatment at a young age? Learn how we determine why a child may need braces, and how it benefits your child’s health.

Why Start Treatment Early?

Braces are not just for aesthetics. By bringing your child to an orthodontist, they can ensure that the child's jaws and teeth are developing correctly for biting, chewing, and speaking. If left untreated, orthodontic problems can occur, such as:

  • Speech impairments
  • Increased headaches
  • TMJ disorders
  • Increase in cavities and periodontal disease (because it’s harder to brush & floss certain areas)
  • Difficulty breathing

These are just some of the things that could arise if you delay orthodontic treatment. By starting treatment early, we can minimize issues in the future.

Why Early Treatment Is Important

Early orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for a child’s growth and development. By attacking orthodontic problems early, your child can smoothly transition into adult teeth and jaws. Early treatment can also:

  • Prevent complications from happening: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child visit the orthodontist as early as seven. One of the reasons why they recommend this is to prevent complications from developing as they grow. An orthodontist will be able to detect the crowding of teeth and malocclusions early and treat them as soon as possible. For children specifically, a two-phase treatment plan may be necessary.
  • Attack invisible problems: While your child’s teeth may look straight, there still could be problems that are invisible to the eye. A baby tooth could still be intact, or adult teeth may be developing in front, behind, and around the baby teeth. Having both baby and adult teeth will make the teeth more crowded and crooked. This is when orthodontic treatment becomes even more necessary to start.
  • Instill confidence: Children can become self-conscious of their looks. Psychologically, one benefit of early orthodontic treatment is that children can feel more confident and proud about their smiles as they grow into adulthood.

Get Early Orthodontic Care For Your Child

At Brieden Orthodontics, we strive to bring comprehensive orthodontic care to children and families in New Baltimore and East China, MI. We want parents to feel confident that their child is getting the best care possible; that’s why we educate everyone about everything and anything orthodontics. If you're a parent that has questions about starting orthodontic treatment for your child, please feel free to contact us today! We are thrilled to be working with you and your family!