As a parent, there is nothing more wonderful than seeing your child’s smile. The sight of their toothless grin as a baby, or that first pearly white popping through, never gets old. When they lose that first baby tooth, it’s a special milestone and a memory often preserved in family photo albums. As your child’s permanent teeth begin to emerge, generally around the age of 6, their snaggletooth smiles can be quite adorable. It is at this time, or sooner, that The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get their first check-up with an orthodontist, particularly if you suspect a problem with your child’s teeth. Visiting an orthodontist, no later than age 7, allows for optimal treatment options should the orthodontist discover that a problem exists, or that one is developing.
In most cases, while a child still has their baby teeth, orthodontists will choose to delay treatment while they monitor the growth and development patterns for a period of time. Sometimes, custom appliances are made for young children to expand the palate, correct improper tongue thrusting, or stop thumb or finger sucking habits. After most of the permanent teeth have emerged, braces can be designed if needed, for better tooth and jaw alignment. In many cases, preventive or early interceptive orthodontic treatment is all that a child will need to ensure that their permanent teeth grow in properly – which is why children should visit an orthodontist by age 7.
Early orthodontic treatment generally involves a two-phase approach. Phase 1 involves the examination and monitoring of your child’s dental development and creating a comprehensive record that can be used to map out a customized orthodontic treatment plan for your child. Phase 2 of treatment begins when all your child’s permanent teeth have erupted and usually includes full upper and lower braces on all teeth for an average of 24 months to ensure that every tooth is perfectly positioned in the mouth to achieve proper functioning and aesthetics.
At the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics near Hialeah, Florida, your child will be greeted by a warm and inviting team of professionals dedicated to providing the best orthodontic care in South Florida. Dr.Maria Yazji, who is experienced and trained in the latest techniques and the most up-to-date orthodontic practices, is a favorite choice for families in Hialeah, Florida as is Dr. Francisco M. Herrero who also enjoys creating beautiful smiles for patients of every age. From the moment you and your child enter this fun and friendly orthodontist office, you will feel the difference.
If you would like to schedule an evaluation for your child and learn more about early orthodontic treatment options near Hialeah, please visit our website or call us to make an appointment at (786) 558-5688.
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