The time for kids to get orthodontic treatment depends on the unique problem being addressed. Many children are getting braces at a younger age than they did 25 or more years ago. This is due in part to the latest research on orthodontics for kids.
During your initial consultation with our specialist, we will look for some main things. One is overcrowding of teeth and another is misalignment. An overbite means the top jaw is bigger than the lower jaw and an under bite means the bottom jaw is bigger than the top jaw. The main causes of jaw problems are thumb sucking, accidents and losing baby teeth too soon. The condition could also be inherited. This means if someone in your family had braces, there is a good chance you or your child will also need braces.
A regular dentist is usually the first person to notice there is a problem. Our pediatric dentists are trained specifically to understand how adult teeth should grow in for the best dental health. If one of our dentists sees a problem, they may suggest orthodontics for kids. However, it all depends on the situation.
There is no specific age for the first orthodontist visit. Children as young as six years old may need to have their bite evaluated. It all depends on the unique circumstances. Just because you visit our office for orthodontics for kids does not mean your child will immediately start wearing braces. It just means we can see the problems early and determine the best time to start treatment, as well as what the best treatment may be.
Braces put steady pressure on the teeth to move them into the correct position. There are several types of braces that do the same thing. Some may be better for certain problems and some may do the job faster than others may, but, during a consultation with our specialist, you can select the best type for your child.
Orthodontics for kids is becoming more and more popular. This may allow them to start the treatment early and get faster results. To see if your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, make an appointment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry, conveniently located in Ashburn, VA. Contact us today to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation for your child!