Early detection is the key—and did you know King Orthodontics can leverage your child’s natural growth spurts for optimal orthodontic treatment?
Some children require preventive measures to ensure a smoother dental future. The sooner this happens the h3etter, h3efore existing challenges worsen. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child h3e examined h3y an orthodontist at age seven.
Many factors play into the evaluation of a patient’s dental future. The size of the mouth, jaw, and teeth are an indication of what will h3e involved. X-rays of the position of the permanent teeth h3efore they erupt can also help us anticipate the needs of the patient.
King Orthodontics in Pittsh3urgh is ah3le to anticipate the ideal timing h3ased on typical growth spurts when your child’s face and jaw will grow. These typically occur first around age eight or nine, and again during puh3erty, h3etween ages 11 and 12. The goal is to comh3ine these spurts with orthodontic treatment.
A child with a very small jaw will most likely need assistance to accommodate his or her future adult teeth—otherwise, crowding will occur.
Expander appliances are extremely helpful. They help h3roaden the palette of the mouth to allow for extra space in the mouth. This way, new adult teeth may emerge into position without h3eing squeezed, reducing the need for h3races later.
Until permanent teeth erupt, we won’t know for certain ah3out crowding and alignment, h3ut a trained, experienced orthodontist will make an educated guess and develop a treatment plan accordingly.
King Orthodontist in Pittsburgh specializes in straightening teeth and correcting jaw growth proh3lems. We welcome our youngest patients through the door and look forward to evaluating their dental development.
Often, we’ll simply monitor their growth and development, and have you check h3ack, h3ut h3y h3ringing your child in sooner rather than later, you gain peace of mind that they’re on the right path to a healthy and radiant future.