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Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Serving Fairfield, Cincinnati, and West Chester, OH

Girl with braces smiling after getting braces at Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics As parents, we always want to help our children’s health last for as long as it can, and keeping their smiles beautiful is no different. While dental treatment is commonly associated with pre-teens and teenagers, it is important to start planning for the welfare of our kids’ teeth long before that age. Children as young as seven years old are brought in for early orthodontic treatment and, in cases where obvious irregularities are present, have been helped at even earlier ages.

Also known as interceptive orthodontic treatment or Phase-One (Phase-Two typically begins around age 11 or older), early treatment is most beneficial in identifying and correcting potential oral issues before they develop into more harmful or advanced problems. Here at Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics we evaluate when it is most appropriate for your kids to begin receiving orthodontic treatment. Scheduling an appointment is as easy as calling us at your preferred location or using our online appointment request form to discuss your child’s first visit.

How Can I Tell When My Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic problems can sometimes go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Signs that it may be time for your child to receive early treatment include but are not limited to:

•  Early or late loss of baby teeth, children should lose their first tooth around age five and will have all their permanent adult teeth by age 13
•  Difficulty in chewing, biting, and breathing (mouth breathing)
•  Thumb sucking after age four-five
•  Speech impediments or disorders
•  Protruding teeth, meaning that the top and bottom teeth extend away from each other
•  Crossbites, when your child’s jaw shifts or clicks as they open and close their mouth
•  Crowded front teeth around ages seven-eight or teeth that appear too large for the mouth
•  Teeth that don’t meet together regularly, such as a large gap between teeth, or at all
•  An asymmetrical smile or imbalanced facial appearance
•  Grinding or clenching teeth
•  Injuries to your child’s mouth or teeth
•  Jaws that just too far forward from the back

Types of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early treatments commonly fall into one of three main categories. The appropriate category and procedure is evaluated by Dr. Nelson R. Diers. Below, we will explain each treatment category and what it entails for a patient:

Preventative Treatment

The goal of this treatment is to avoid the development of malocclusion or bad bites in a growing mouth. A baby tooth may be removed if necessary, to create space for the corresponding adult tooth to erupt. On the other hand, if a baby tooth has been lost too early, a space retainer appliance will hold that space for when the adult tooth comes in.

Interceptive Treatment

This is meant to reduce the advancement of developing oral problems and eliminates their cause as soon as possible. Typically, children with a mix of adult and baby teeth are the ideal candidates. The size of the teeth can be altered, the arch can be expanded, or longstanding baby teeth can be removed to make room for erupting adult teeth.

Comprehensive Treatment

These procedures are most commonly used to correct growth irregularities. When teeth are fully misaligned, or the jaws aren’t functioning properly, orthodontic treatment may be combined with jaw surgery, restorative surgery, or tooth extraction. This treatment can begin before losing baby teeth, with several phases required for maximum effect.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Getting your child early treatment, in addition to preserving their teeth’s health, alignment, and the bite is most advantageous for their jaw. The jaw at this stage is still developing and thus not yet permanently hardened as it is for adults. This makes it easier to create space for adult teeth when necessary and correct potential issues early before they progress. Potentially harmful habits such as tongue pushing, teeth grinding, and thumb sucking can also be addressed.

Catching these problems early can make treatments later in life simpler that would otherwise be more complicated once the child grows older. It can even allow kids to avoid braces altogether, which saves money, spares the parent and child from daily maintenance/upkeep of braces, and can improve your child’s self-esteem. Kids can be just as self-conscious as adults and helping them build confidence in their smile is a goal we strive for.

To learn more about early treatment and when your child might be due for a visit, feel free to call Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics at (513) 829-4400 today.
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