When Should Your Child First Be Assessed for Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the art of aligning teeth in order to deliver a smile that is both beautiful and functional. Typically this is completed during childhood or adolescence, and many children can benefit from early orthodontics. So the question is when should your child be assessed for orthodontics in Miami, FL?
What is Early Orthodontics?
Early, or interceptive orthodontics typically takes place around the ages of 7 or 8. Not every child needs early intervention, so we recommend that children be assessed around the age of seven, and if no early orthodontics is needed they can proceed with braces around the age of 10 or 11 years old.
Some children already show signs of a crossbite, jaw problems, or crowding at an early age, and we can often correct many of these problems with an early phase of orthodontic treatment. For phase one, Dr. Yazji may recommend treatment such as:
- An oral expander
- Limited braces
Phased orthodontic treatment uses your child’s growth to help correct issues early on, which then minimizes the length of phase two treatment down the road.
Why Does my Child Need Orthodontics?
A healthy and beautiful smile gives you confidence, and with good self-assurance your child can achieve great things. The advantages however, of a straight and beautiful smile extend beyond just boosting confidence. It’s also important for your oral health.
Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean because they are more difficult to properly brush and floss. A misaligned bite can contribute to jaw joint problems that can lead to a painful disorder known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD causes a host of symptoms such as frequent headaches and pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders that can become quite debilitating.
Dr. Yazji and her team are happy to evaluate your child with an examination, x-rays, and photos of their teeth. We’ll let you know when the best time to start their orthodontic treatment will be. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s consultation.