Early Treatment Options
Treatment typically should wait until all deciduous (baby) teeth are lost and all adult teeth are visible. This is usually around 12 years of age.
This ensures the shortest time your child will have to spend in braces and allows treatment to redirect the growth of the jaws if necessary. The reason your child should be seen by an orthodontist at age 7 is because there are some rare situations that may require earlier orthodontic intervention. These conditions may include crossbites, underbites, and severe overbites. In even more rare cases, the severe excess in the overlap of teeth may suggest that treatment is necessary even before all adult teeth are present.
In such cases, orthodontic appliances can be used to correct problems while your child is still developing. If the jaws are too small for all of the permanent teeth, sometimes an expander is used to correct the size of the jaws. If the lower jaw grows more quickly than the upper jaw, this can result in an underbite. Braces, elastics, or headgear can be used to correct this type of problem and reduce or prevent complications down the road.
Keep in mind that teeth are moving, living things. As deciduous (baby) teeth are lost, open spaces are created that teeth can drift into. Sometimes it is necessary to simply keep those teeth from moving, sometimes it is required to move teeth to ensure all adult teeth fit together, and sometimes it is necessary to change the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
SAME DOCTOR EXPERIENCE
At Share More Smiles, we are proud to cultivate personal relationships with our patients. Dr. Moore is the only orthodontist at our practice, which means all our patients receive consistent care from the same doctor throughout the duration of their treatment.
We offer affordable fees for all types of families and discounts when applicable. We also work with many insurance companies and accept all forms of payment, including Care Credit.