The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children start a dental treatment plan at the age of 7. This plan will start with simple evaluation, as adult teeth start to come in. Any problems the child has can be diagnosed and treated either with braces or appliances. For instance, if the child’s upper arch is too small for their mouth, the doctor may prescribe a palatal expander to ensure the permanent teeth will grow in properly. This practice is called interceptive dentistry.
Most kids get their adult teeth between the ages of 8 and 14. Before all of them erupt, it may be possible to guarantee their best positioning with dental appliances. This makes braces easier down the road.
Not all children evolve the same way. But you can do your child a favor by watching for the following symptoms:
• Excessive spacing
• Open bite
• Crossbite (front or back)
• Abnormal eruptions
Thumbsucking and mouth breathing are also warning signs, with the former contributing largely to overjet.
Our orthodontist in Van Nuys follows the industry trend of prescribing braces between the ages of 8 and 14, while the jaws are still malleable. A few decades ago, it was common for kids to receive braces much later, while already in high school.
For more, contact your Van Nuys cosmetic dentist.