Creating a perfectly aligned smile for an adult oftentimes starts when we are much younger. Even at the early age of 7 to 10 years old, it can be crucial to have a Phase 1 orthodontic consultation with your dentist about your child’s teeth and how braces for children can be a solution to what may appear as a small problem now can have major impacts down the road.
For instance, if your child’s orthodontic problems are not addressed, it could be the cause of future headaches, TMJ problems, improper bite or jaw alignment, or even sleep disorders in adulthood. Without a straighter smile, teeth that erupt out of place may cause hardship even when your son or daughter is practicing effective oral hygiene, preventing them from eating favorite meals or smiling confidently.
Early Braces for Children
But what if there was something you could do for your child at a young age to reduce the extent of orthodontic therapy they needed later on? That’s exactly what phase 1 orthodontics is. Using this preventive approach to tooth alignment, Dr. C can help your child’s teeth erupt straighter, with fewer misalignment needs.
We do this by offering temporary orthodontic appliances such as:
- Space maintainers
- Palatal expanders
- Growth modification appliances
Teens who have mild to moderate misalignment needs may benefit from our Invisalign braces program. Teens are often concerned with the appearance of conventional metal braces, and frustrated by the cleaning requirements.
Our Invisalign option gives them the benefits of conventional braces with a barely noticeable impact on their appearance. They are also removable, making it easier to enjoy your favorite foods without as much cleanup afterwards.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Evaluation
It’s important for all children to have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. This key age captures the relationship between the primary teeth and the eruption patterns of the permanent teeth, before complex orthodontic needs become evident.
Call our Hackensack dental office today to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child.