Braces for Children
My Primary Care Dentist just referred my 7 year old to the orthodontist. That seems too early for braces!
An orthodontic screening at age 7 does not necessarily turn into braces at that age, but it often turns into peace of mind. At age 7 the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time. Cross-bites, crowding, and growth problems can be evaluated at that time. If treatment is indicated we will discuss the need and any treatment options. If no treatment is needed: peace of mind.
Treatment that is best done at a young age can be completed while we have lots of growth potential to work with. With early treatment, we have the opportunity to guide both the growth of the jaws and erupting permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.