Historically, the time to get orthodontist work done didn’t start until the teenage years. In the past, young children did not get children’s braces in Pasadena. Today, that has changed. It’s common practice for pediatric dentists like ours at Children’s Dental Group to recommend that patients as young as age seven years be evaluated by an orthodontist to see if they need braces.
In present time, the modern-day philosophy in reference to children’s orthodontics is very different than it was years ago. Today, most dentists believe that young children can benefit from children’s braces in Pasadena. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should be screened for the first time when they are seven years old. The philosophy and practice of Interceptive orthodontics is typical. It has two phases. Interceptive Orthodontics, which is also known as Phase One, is a fairly new approach that provides the patient with necessary orthodontic treatment before the patient’s adult teeth have erupted. Interceptive treatment uses many different orthodontic devices to accomplish this goal. Some of the various tools that are used for children between the ages of seven and eleven include: expanders, partial braces and growth appliances. Although it’s typical, not all children will need to wear braces at an early age. Some reasons a pediatric orthodontist might recommend early intervention for children are: the child is having difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking past the age of five, the child has a speech impediment, the child has protruding teeth, or the child has teeth that don’t fit well together. This could include an uneven bite or crowded front teeth. It can also be if the child is losing baby teeth early or too late. Some of wonderful benefits of early orthodontic treatment include: guiding permanent teeth into a better position, a reduced likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, guides the growth of the child’s jaw, improves personal appearance, eliminates speech problems and difficulty breathing or eating.
If you’re interested in learning more about children’s braces in Pasadena, you should consult with our expert pediatric dentist. Call our office to book your appointment today.