Orthodontic Care For Your Child
Brining your child in to see an orthodontist at an early age can prevent many dental problems from occurring later in life. At South Texas Orthodontics, our priority is to ensure the health of your child’s smile from the moment they walk into our office. Our advanced facilities located in Austin, San Antonio, and Schertz complimented with professional staff enable us to diagnose and treat numerous orthodontic problems before they cause any severe problems. Bringing your child in for an early visit has many advantages. Please take a look below to learn more and contact South Texas Orthodontics if you have any questions.
When Is The Best Time To Begin Orthodontics?
Although an orthodontist can provide several treatments to rectify many oral problems, there is an optimal time to begin regular orthodontic visits. We strongly recommend that you bring your child in for his or her first visit by the age of 7. At this stage in life, the structure of the teeth and jaw are much easier to adjust to their appropriate positions. When orthodontic treatment is not necessary, our doctors will continue to carefully monitor your child’s growth and development and begin treatments at the ideal time. After every visit, our doctors will discuss the next steps that must be taken to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Why Is Age 7 Considered The Optimal Time For Treatment?
At the age of 7, your child will begin to have adult teeth erupting. At this time, they will have established the back bite, enabling us to analyze front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate a possible overbite, open bite or other common problems in orthodontics. Most of these problems can be corrected with a variety of treatments, including:
What Are The Advantages Of Interceptive Treatment?
Under normal circumstances, we like to wait until children have developed all of their permanent teeth. Beginning treatment at this time will enable your child to have the most efficient results in the shortest amount of time. Some of the benefits you may see due to early intervention include:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Is Your Child A Candidate For Orthodontic Treatment?
Although orthodontic treatments can greatly improve the aesthetics of your smile, they can also correct bad bites or malocclusions. Malocclusions occur as a result from poor tooth or jaw alignment and may effect the way in which you are able to smile, chew, clean your teeth, or feel about your smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, malocclusions can lead to a variety of problems when left untreated, such as:
- Crowded teeth that are more difficult to clean, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease
- Protruding teeth that are more susceptible to accidental chipping
- Crossbites which may result in unfavorable growth or uneven tooth wear
- Open bites which can lead to tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
Bringing your child in for a visit with South Texas Orthodontics will enable us to catch any of these problems and provide you with treatment options to improve the health and look of your smile.
Schedule An Appointment For Your Child Today!
Bring your child in for a visit at one of our conveniently located offices in Austin, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas. Please feel free to contact us at a time of your convenience. Our friendly doctors and staff are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have or schedule you for an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and helping your child develop a smile they can feel confident about.