Orthodontic treatment isn’t only used to correct crooked teeth. It also helps with the alignment of the jaw and proper spacing of the teeth. Because of this, it may not be immediately apparent that children need orthodontic treatment. This is why it’s important that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation.
Around age 7, kids should be evaluated for spacing problems, improper bite patterns, jaw misalignment, tooth crowding, or missing teeth. These factors can all determine whether a child needs orthodontic treatment and, if so, what type would be the most helpful. This can also help determine what age would be best for your child to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic issues can be addressed at any age; childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, the best time of life to place orthodontic braces is while your child’s head jaws, and mouth are still growing. This is why middle school aged children (between 11-14) are the best candidates for orthodontic braces. This is also effective because middle school aged kids are better at caring for their teeth than small children and can be more responsible for caring for their braces.
Orthodontic treatment length depends on the severity of the misalignment, the type of orthodontic device worn, and the age of the patient. During your child’s orthodontic evaluation, a time range will be provided, but may change based on how receptive the jaw and teeth are to the orthodontic treatment. But the average amount of time is between 18 months – 2 years.
To make an appointment for your child to receive an orthodontic evaluation or a regular dental cleaning and exam, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our pediatric dental office is located here in Firestone, Colorado. Looking for a Fort Lupton Orthodontist or Frederick Orthodontist, call us today!