In years past, kids didn’t start orthodontic treatment until their teen years. These days though, we recommend a younger start for the best possible results. Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we suggest that kids have their first appointment with an orthodontist at around 7 years old. At this age, kids are just starting to get their first permanent teeth, and by starting early, we can prevent problems with crowding or jaw alignment.
So if you’re looking to start with kid’s braces in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, it’s a good idea to bring your child in for her first screening at around 6 or 7. Now, that doesn’t mean he or she will need to start braces at that age – in fact, very few children at that age need treatment yet. But that orthodontic screening can help us identify any potential problems and make plans to remedy them.
What’s an “Orthodontic Screening?”
When your child comes in for her first orthodontic screening, we’ll do an exam, maybe take some x-rays, and then we’ll chat a little about how things are going. We’ll make sure that your child is losing her baby teeth in the right order, and we’ll look at the x-rays to make sure that all the adult teeth are lined up right.
Each child develops a little differently, and sometimes parents are concerned about problems like thumb sucking, crowding, overbites or underbites. By coming in for an orthodontic screening, we can tackle these things together and work out plans for treatment.
After the first screening, we’ll check back in every 6-12 months and see how things are coming along. This will help us to see if kid’s braces or other treatments are needed.
Why Kids Might Need Braces
Kids might need braces for a number of reasons:
- Maloccusion – If your child has a discrepancy in the size of her top or bottom jaw, she might have an overbite or an underbite.
- Tooth and jaw problems – Tooth decay, early tooth loss, or thumb sucking can cause problems that will need to be fixed by an orthodontist.
- Heredity – If you or others in your family needed braces, chances are your child will too.
What if Your Kids are Older?
Don’t fret! It’s never too late to begin kid’s braces in Royal Palm Beach, Florida! Give us a call, and we’ll make sure your kids end up with beautiful, perfect smiles – no matter how old they are!
Family Orthodontics is considered to be the top rated provider of kid’s brace in the Royal Palm Beach area. Dr. Danny Bass, his staff and his state-of-the-art facility, make getting braces fun. Call Family Orthodontics today to discover for yourself why so many patients at Family Orthodontics are smiling at 561-762-6200.
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