Helping with Orthodontic Needs and Braces for Kids and Teens in Clear Lake and League City
At the office of Dr. Vijay Bhagia, located in Houston, in the community of Clear Lake near League City, Texas, we encourage you to bring your child in for an early orthodontic evaluation. Starting orthodontic treatment at younger age holds great advantages for your child’s future oral health. Learn more below about the importance of early treatment for your child.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work For My Child?
Orthodontics is for more than improving a smile; treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions), which result from tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, malocclusions left untreated can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier child.
When Is The Best Time For My Child To Start Orthodontic Treatment?
Although Dr. Bhagia can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin a patient’s treatment. Starting treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a thorough examination can determine the best time to start treatment.
Early evaluation provides a greater opportunity for a more effective treatment, while prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.
Why Age 7?
By the time your child turns 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate tooth relationships and determine potential oral issues that will need correcting. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Advantages of Early Treatment
Orthodontic treatment in young children is known as interceptive orthodontics and offers some beneficial results:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Call Today To Schedule Your Child’s First Visit
Thank you for considering the office of Dr. Vijay Bhagia for your child’s early orthodontic treatment. Dr. Bhagia and his staff understand the importance of starting treatment young and how it will impact your child’s future oral health.
Feel free to contact our office with any additional questions you may have, and one of our experienced team members would be happy to assist you.
We look forward to hearing from you!