When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

  • April 13, 2016

You pass a lot of things to your children. Eye and hair color, height, and even allergies are influenced by our genes.

Your children have a blend of traits from you and your spouse. This affects their appearance and the shapes of their faces. Your children are more likely to need orthodontic treatment if you needed it, too.

If it were possible, would you want to save your children from needing braces? If that wasn’t possible, would you want to minimize the time they would need to wear braces or some other orthodontic appliance?

Those things are possible with the help of orthodontic specialist, Dr. Robert A. Eckelson. If you live in or near Boca Raton, FL, we invite you to come to our office for a free consultation.

Preventive Orthodontics

Most orthodontic treatments, like braces, begin when a child is a preteen or a teenager.

You may not realize that your child can benefit from an evaluation by an orthodontist at a younger age. In fact, we like to see children for the first time around the age of 7.

When your child visits us, we start looking at his or her dental and facial development.

We will examine your child’s teeth and their alignment. Tooth alignment is affected by many these things. The length and shape of your child’s bones will affect how his or her bite fits together and how his or her permanent teeth erupt.

We look at bone and facial structures. We may be able to intervene at this stage in your child’s growth. Those interventions can make it more likely that your child’s permanent teeth will come in straighter.

Examples of Phase I Orthodontics

Dentofacial orthopedics can affect the kind of Phase I orthodontics that we may recommend. We want to reiterate that this process is a preventive step that may reduce the need for braces later or minimize the orthodontic treatment your son or daughter may need.

One example of this is jaw realignment. If you child’s jaw is too narrow, an expander can help guide the jaw’s growth. This way, your child will have more room for his or her adult teeth to emerge.

Two other problems that can occur are when primary teeth fall out too soon or they don’t fall out early enough.

For teeth that fall out before their time, we can create a spacer to maintain the gap between your child’s remaining teeth. Baby teeth serve as a guide for you permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is not there, then the neighboring teeth can drift into that space. When that happens, it can affect how your child’s permanent teeth will erupt.

On the other hand, a baby tooth that stays around longer than it should creates a different problem. Your child’s permanent teeth will try to erupt regardless. If a baby tooth is still there, then the permanent tooth may grow in behind the baby tooth instead.

In that case, we may need to remove a tooth or teeth to create the room for you son or daughter’s permanent teeth to come in correctly.

Preparing For Phase II

Like we said earlier, Phase I orthodontics may be what your child needs and nothing more. In other cases, Phase I orthodontics is the first step in making Phase II orthodontics more effective.

Phase II orthodontics is used to correct a wide range of alignment problems. Phase I orthodontics can make Phase II treatment more efficient and more comfortable for your child.

Self-ligating (tieless) braces and Invisalign are a few examples of Phase II orthodontic care. No matter which phase your child is in, you can rest assured that our staff is committed to giving him or her the best results possible.

Come See Us For A Complimentary Exam

Makes plans to visit our office in Boca Raton, FL, if your child is between the ages of 7 and 9. This is an important time for any child, especially children who parents went through orthodontic care when they were younger.

You can contact us using our online form or call 561-235-3100 to schedule an appointment with Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A.


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