When most people think of braces or other forms of orthodontic treatment, they typically think that patients are somewhere within their adolescent years. However, the reality is that some orthodontic issues are easier to correct the earlier they are treated. At Papandreas Orthodontics, we understand that knowing whether your child needs early orthodontic care or later treatment can offer you real peace of mind, which is one reason that we have a real focus on orthodontics for children within our practice.
Early orthodontic treatment isn’t just limited to braces, and it can have real benefits for those children who receive early intervention.
Some primary benefits of early orthodontic treatment include a better prediction of how your child’s teeth will shift over time, the ability to deliver early bite correction, the opportunity to manipulate the development of the jaw, and the opportunity to limit the need of invasive orthodontic procedures in the future to name a few!
What Does Early Orthodontic Treatment at Papandreas Orthodontics Entail?
An early, in office or virtual complimentary consultation will determine whether it is necessary to proceed with early orthodontic treatment or not. If treatment is warranted, it will likely follow a course of action that is segmented into a two-phase approach. The first phase involves your child’s initial treatment and will include correcting orthodontic conditions that are present even as your child still has mostly primary teeth. The second phase takes place as your child gets older, and treatment will be determined as your child’s mouth and teeth grow.
Early Orthodontic Treatment is Typically Designed To
- Promote appropriate biting and chewing
- Reduce problematic oral habits
- Prevent orthodontic issues from occurring
- Reduce the risk of damage to protruding teeth
- Develop stability in the developing teeth