Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Orthodontist in Richmond

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, however, there are many added benefits for having orthodontic treatment early. Early orthodontic treatment can help reduce the chances of needing more complicated surgical dental treatment later. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years old.

At age 7, your child’s first permanent molars and incisors will have erupted which will allow us to properly detect irregular growth patterns. When the jaw is still forming, it is more malleable, making early orthodontics an effective solution for many. Treatment for problems such as cross bite or overbite may require more advanced and more costly correction if approached later in life.

Even if orthodontic treatment is not immediately necessary at this early age, an orthodontic evaluation will allow the orthodontist to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw and teeth. This will allow the doctor to identify the best time for treating your child.

Early orthodontic treatment will:

  • Prevent overcrowding by creating room for unerupting teeth
  • Create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth
  • Reduce the need for teeth removal
  • Reduce treatment time with braces

Contact our office to schedule a free consultation and evaluation for your child.