Early Treatment

Braces for Kids in Frisco, TX

Everyone deserves a smile they're proud to call their own – and at Corbridge Orthodontics, our mission is to help patients throughout Frisco, Prosper, and Little Elm, TX achieve one. As a comprehensive orthodontic practice, we're proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options to our patients, and our Frisco orthodontists, Dr. Corbridge, and Dr. Rogers-Raftery, work hard to personalize treatment to fit any lifestyle. We treat patients of all ages at our Frisco orthodontic office, and sometimes, the best way to achieve a great smile is to start the treatment process early. 

When Should My Child Visit the Orthodontist?

Parents often ask us when to bring their child in for an orthodontic evaluation, and the answer may be earlier than you think. In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask parents to bring their children in for an initial orthodontic consultation around age 7. At this age, the back bite has established itself, which allows our Prosper orthodontists to identify both current orthodontic problems and things that may become an issue down the road. 

What to Expect at Your Child's First Orthodontic Appointment

During your child's first visit to our Frisco orthodontic office, one of our Prosper orthodontists will carefully examine their teeth, jaw, and mouth to look for signs of orthodontic problems. Many of these conditions won't be apparent until closer to adolescence, but evaluating at this age allows our orthodontist to catch problems early on. While there are a variety of orthodontic conditions that may require treatment, some of the most common that appear early in life include:

  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Openbite
  • Gummy Smiles

Keep in mind that we may not begin treatment at this early age – in most cases, we'll elect to simply monitor your child's development until the ideal time to start treatment. However, in certain cases, a patient may benefit from starting treatment early on. That's where early orthodontic treatment comes into play. 

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment isn't right for everyone, but in some cases, it's the best way to create a healthy smile over the long term. Early treatment may be necessary to correct a bad habit that may harm dental development, to set the stage for a healthier smile down the line, or to influence jaw growth to help improve tooth alignment without surgery. When appropriate, early orthodontic treatment comes with a number of advantages:

  • Create more space in the dental arch to correct crowding
  • Prevent the need for tooth extraction
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserve space for teeth that have yet to erupt
  • Reduce the overall amount of time a patient spends in braces
  • Influence jaw growth to improve facial symmetry and tooth alignment

Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

For most patients, we don't start orthodontic treatment until age 9-14, once all of the permanent teeth have grown in. However, a few orthodontic conditions are much easier to treat by starting early, when we can influence jaw growth and development to create a healthier smile. Ultimately, only an evaluation by our Frisco orthodontists can determine if your child needs early orthodontic treatment, but here are a few common signs that early treatment may be appropriate for your child:

  • Losing baby teeth either too early or too late
  • Visibly crowded, misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that don't line up correctly when biting down
  • Difficulty when biting or chewing food
  • Pain in the jaw joint or popping sounds when opening or closing the jaw
  • Prolonged thumb sucking (past age 4)
  • Constantly breathing through the mouth

Schedule a Visit with Your Little Elm Orthodontists

Early treatment isn't right for everyone, but for some patients, it's a necessary step to achieving a healthy smile as quickly and conveniently as possible. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about early treatment or orthodontic treatment in general, and if your child is approaching age 7 or in need of an orthodontic evaluation, feel free to request an appointment using our online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to partner with you to help your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!

 

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