The Benefits of Starting Small
The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic care are children and teens. When kids are young, their jaws are constantly growing to accommodate new teeth. It’s during this time that the teeth are easily moved, allowing for a shorter treatment time – especially in patients who undergo early treatment.
The Need for Oral Appliances
Braces, retainers, and spacers are just a few of the orthodontic appliances commonly used in children’s orthodontics. Although not all kids require orthodontic treatment, all kids need exams at an early age to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary.
Some signs that a child may eventually require orthodontic treatment include:
- Jaw is disproportionate to the face
- Has a habit of frequent thumb-sucking
- Chronically breathes from the mouth rather than the nose
- Primary teeth fall out too soon or too late
- Exhibits malocclusion (overbite/underbite)
- Visible crowding
For children between the ages of seven and nine, we also offer a two-phase orthodontic treatment. This approach allows for dramatic improvements while their teeth are still developing.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Orthodontist
Children should have their first orthodontic screening no later than age seven. This orthodontic evaluation is necessary to identify jaw irregularities and developmental complications that could indicate the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
Dr. Stroumpos will conduct an oral examination and use diagnostic imaging technology to determine the health of your tooth’s structure and determine if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. Preventative care is always used as a first line of defense. Dealing with issues right away may decrease the need for longer and more costly treatments in the future.
Based on the results of the examination, Dr. Stroumpos will create a customized treatment plan that includes options and timeframes for treatment if applicable.
We Like to Start Small
Treating orthodontics issues while your child’s jaw is still growing and developing may prevent more costly treatments in the future. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stroumpos by calling (281) 286-3838 and see how your child will benefit from a beautiful smile.