When Is the Right Time for Childhood Braces?

Feb 15, 2022

This month is Children’s Dental Health Month! In honor, our Hutta Orthodontic Specialists team is sharing the facts you need to know about children’s orthodontics, including two-phase treatment.

When should you bring your child to visit us?

In the past, many parents waited until their children had all their adult teeth before coming to the orthodontist. But our experts can help your child at a much earlier age! According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should visit for a first appointment at 7 years old. Around this age, our experts can spot developing or potential problems before they arise or worsen. We can also help children’s permanent teeth erupt optimally while positively influencing facial growth.

What is two-phase treatment?

With early intervention, our orthodontists treat problems as children are growing—before they become more complicated or invasive to solve. In the first phase, our experts may use appliances like braces or expanders to create a healthy foundation for erupting permanent teeth and optimal jaw growth. Next, patients have a resting period as all their permanent teeth grow in. Finally, our orthodontists may use braces or aligners to perfect that smile.

Why is early treatment a great option?

Not every patient will require early intervention. But for those who are a good fit, it can be an excellent way to help children develop happy, healthy smiles. During early intervention, orthodontists work with a child’s natural growth, guiding facial development, creating space in the palate for permanent teeth, and guiding teeth into place. The result is a healthy smile and bite, aligned teeth, and optimal facial growth.

Treating young children can also prevent serious problems down the line that would require surgeries or extractions. In the end, two-phase treatment can save parents money and spare children from uncomfortable treatment plans.

Delivering healthy smiles at every age

Fortunately, braces and aligners can deliver a healthy smile at any age! If your child has all their permanent teeth or if you are interested in adult orthodontics, our team can help you. From Damon braces to Invisalign®, we have options for all of your smile needs. Call us today to get started on your orthodontic journey.