Children’s Dental Health – Dentists and Orthodontists across the nation, including Key Biscayne’s Premier Orthodontist, celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month each February! The focus this time of the year is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health – from brushing and flossing to the proper alignment of the teeth and bite. You can help keep your child’s teeth healthy by using the 2-2-2 rule: visit your dentist two times a year, and brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO whole minutes!
But a beautiful smile and healthy teeth doesn’t stop there! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, the evaluation may yield one of three plans – no treatment is necessary; treatment will be needed in the future; or an initial treatment is needed now.
While a good number of young orthodontic patients are treated in their pre-tween and teen years, it is often necessary to begin treating a younger patient. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, forming the back bite. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, Key Biscayne’s Foremost Orthodontist, will look for the presence of erupting incisors which can indicate possible concerns such as crowding, crossbites, and other alignment problems. A consultation with Key Biscayne’s 5-Star Rated Orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics, affords you the opportunity to plan any needed orthodontic treatments.
Key Biscayne’s prominent children’s orthodontist, Dr. Yazji recommends a two-phase approach to a child’s orthodontic care. Phase One focuses on your child’s jaw development hence the need for children to get evaluated by the age of seven. The goal of treatment during Phase One is to help create the conditions that allow your child’s jaw to develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve their dental bite. Successful first phase treatments will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path.
Once your child’s permanent teeth have erupted, that’s when the second phase of childhood orthodontic care begins. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics’ “trusted orthodontic care” will establish a diagnosis and treatment plan for each individual patient. Most children within Phase two receive both upper and lower braces over a course of approximately two years. Dr. Yazji utilizes state-of-the-art innovative orthodontic technologies including Invisalign and Invisalign Teen (clear braces) and Incognito (hidden braces), in addition to the traditional metal braces that most parents knew as a child.
You can trust your child’s orthodontic care to Key Biscayne’s favorite orthodontist, Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics! Call this month to arrange a consultation as together we celebrate healthy children smiles and Mouth-Healthy Kids. Call today at (786) 220-7802 or visit our website.
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