Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
What is the difference between early orthodontic treatment and regular orthodontic treatment, and why might my child need early treatment? How will early treatment benefit my child in the long run?
These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point Dr. Wilkinson will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment. By age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, crooked teeth, gaps and bad bite can easily be detected. As kids enter adolescence they become more concerned with their appearance. A beautiful smile is our goal, but a balanced facial appearance (lips, chin and profile) is equally important.
Today's braces don't interfere with the things teens like to do. Their activities will be relatively unaffected by orthodontic treatment.
Call our office for an initial complimentary examination. Dr. Wilkinson will determine the best time for the treatment, outline the treatment plan, duration, and discuss the approximate cost for the treatment.