Early orthodontics is a crucial aspect of dental health, focusing on the unique opportunities that the growth potential of children offers for correcting dental irregularities. Unlike adult orthodontics, where the jaw and facial bones have typically stopped growing, the dynamic growth phase in children allows for more than just alignment of the teeth; it can also influence the development of the jaw and facial structure in a positive way.

Early Orthodontic Care

The optimal time for a first orthodontic visit is when the child’s two upper front teeth and their six-year molars have emerged. This timing is strategic because it allows our orthodontist to evaluate the dental and facial development of the child and plan for any necessary interventions that can guide growth effectively. Research suggests that early intervention, particularly when some baby teeth are still present, can address moderate crowding issues without the need for tooth extractions. This proactive approach can lead to better outcomes and less invasive treatments compared to starting orthodontics in adulthood.

Address Dental Issues Early

Children may face a variety of dental problems that can be effectively managed or corrected through early orthodontics, including:

  • Bad bites, such as overbites, crossbites, underbites and open bites
  • Crowding of the teeth
  • Upper front teeth protrusion
  • Missing teeth
  • Improper spacing of the teeth

Addressing these issues early not only ensures better dental health but also contributes to the child’s overall well-being and self-esteem.

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Care

One of the great advantages of child orthodontics is the ability to utilize the child’s growth potential to make structural adjustments that are not possible once growth has ceased. This can lead to outcomes that are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally beneficial. Moreover, with many children and adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment, there is less stigma attached to wearing braces, which can ease the social concerns for younger patients.

Schedule Your Child’s Orthodontic Consultation Today

Today’s orthodontic technology offers a variety of treatment options to suit different needs and preferences. From traditional metal braces to clear aligners therapy, self-ligating brackets and clear ceramic brackets, there is a solution for every case. We welcome you to call Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics at 402-614-7022 to learn more about early orthodontics in La Vista, Nebraska, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim.