When we think of orthodontics, we usually think of teenagers, or in many cases adults, who are opting for braces in increasing numbers. However, depending on your the alignment of your child’s bite, your orthodontist may suggest that he or she get treatment around the age of seven. That may sound like an early age, but many orthodontists know that while your child’s jaws are still growing, it is a great time to see if there are any present or future alignment issues.
Early orthodontics can help head off problems with tooth crowding. Steps can be taken to make sure that as the permanent teeth come in, they do so at the proper alignment. A dental arch or palatal expander may help your child’s teeth to come in at the proper angles. Crossbites, which can cause your child’s jaws to experience uneven growth and protruding front teeth which are susceptible to damage should be addressed as soon as possible.
To make braces more appealing to your child you should ask your orthodontist about colored rubber bands for your braces, and over-the-counter pain relievers can help your child adjust to the new dental work.
It is important to remember that while early intervention is important, your child may still need future orthodontic work. However, when problems are addressed at an early age, it may shorten the time your child needs to wear braces in the future.
If you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, or you would just like your child to have an orthodontic screening, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Christopher Liang at Liang Orthodontics in Washington, DC, by calling 202-966-7711. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!