Our orthodontists at SmileTown Orthodontics Braces & Invisalign provide insights and information about orthodontic treatment for children.
Orthodontic treatment can help to create a healthy and functional bite, which includes both tooth alignment and jaw position. It's important that the jaws and teeth align properly for long term health. An orthodontist can help straighten your child's smile and improve their oral health using orthodontic appliances, such as; braces, headgear, bands, retainers and aligners.
When should I have my child’s bite assessed?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their bite assessed by the age of 7. By this age, the orthodontist will assess the child’s jaw growth and emerging teeth, and detect potential problems. Most children who require orthodontic treatment begin their treatment between the ages 9 and 14.
Will my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?
The available space in the jaw for permanent teeth does not increase as one grows. Once the permanent molars come in, around age 12, there is even less space available for the front teeth. Untreated orthodontic problems will likely worsen and become more difficult to treat as your child grows. This can lead to broken teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, and loss of bone tissue
How will orthodontic treatment help my child?
Orthodontic treatment can help your child’s teeth function properly and support their oral health. Straight teeth are less prone to gum disease and decay. An attractive smile is a positive side effect of orthodontic treatment, and may improve your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Why should I seek early treatment for my child?
Providing early treatment for children's orthodontic issues such as crowded or protruding front teeth can help reduce the risk of trauma and allow room for teeth that have yet to erupt to develop as they should. Early interceptive orthodontics can help reduce treatment time and avoid the need for tooth extractions later in life.
If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can assess and advise as to when to seek an evaluation from an orthodontist. The Canadian Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be evaluated by the age of 7.