ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN
Prevention starts early
It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that most kids should see an orthodontist and have an orthodontic screening by the age of seven. This allows Dr. Silvana Gonzalez to find out if orthodontic treatment will be needed or not and in case it is needed to determine the best time for the patient to be treated.
In some cases, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend early orthodontic treatment (Phase One treatment) to help with the correct growth and development of the child’s teeth and jaws. Early orthodontic diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, create space for permanent teeth, and allow the upper and lower jaws to grow correctly.
Early orthodontic treatment prevents more orthodontic concerns when your child is an adult. Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery.
If early treatment is indicated, Dr. Silvana Gonzalez can guide the growth of the child’s jaw and the incoming permanent teeth. Early treatments can also adjust the width of the upper and lower dental arches, providing space for permanent teeth. It can also help to avoid the necessity for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify any later more complicated orthodontic treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.