In actuality, there’s no set age for kids to start orthodontic treatment.
However, most orthodontists would agree that kids should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. What makes this age so important?
Phase I and II Treatment
Treatment for straightening teeth is usually broken up into two parts for kids: Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I, the orthodontist will provide treatment geared towards creating space in the mouth for adult teeth.
At around 6-8 years of age, kids can expect to have a fun mix of adult and baby teeth in their mouth. It’s a good time to take a routine x-ray to make sure all the adult teeth are present and developing properly. It’s also a good time for the orthodontist to gauge what sort of help is necessary to correct any developing problems.
Spacers are often recommended during Phase I therapy. This will help prepare the mouth for Phase II.
Phase II concentrates on coaching the teeth themselves into proper alignment with braces. Don’t worry – just because your little one has a mixed bunch of teeth right now doesn’t mean they need braces right away!
Whether your child will need braces or not, they’re going to benefit the most from a diligent oral hygiene routine. Get them brushing and flossing on their own as soon as you can and help them make this a daily habit.
If your child needs braces later on, he or she will be ready to make treatment a success! Talk with your child’s dentist for more information on when to have an orthodontic evaluation.
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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