Orthodontic treatment for children
Giving small smiles the best start
We know you want the very best for your child - and that includes what is best for the health of their smile. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the earlier the better. An early orthodontic consultation can help us catch orthodontic issues before they begin.
What age should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. By this age, your child will have enough permanent teeth that Dr. White can detect potential orthodontic issues before they worsen.
By catching misalignments early, we can shorten the length of (or prevent the need for) orthodontic treatment in your child’s teenage years.
What will happen during the free consultation?
When you and your child arrive for your consultation, our friendly team will make you feel right at home. At Smiles By White, we want children to feel comfortable and confident through every step of their treatment with us.
We will ask your child about their oral hygiene habits, and do a gentle exam of their smile. We may not recommend treatment at this time, but if we think they could benefit from treatment in the future, we will monitor the growth of their smile and intervene when the time is right.
Does my child need early orthodontic treatment?
Not all children need early orthodontic treatment, but the free consultation will help you stay informed on what is best for the health of your child’s smile. If your child does have bite issues with their teeth and jaws, they will be much easier to address before their jaws stop growing.
Spacing, crowded teeth, and misaligned teeth and jaws can cause issues with speech, digestion, and oral hygiene. If your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, starting them early is the best way to ensure their smile stays healthy.
Benefits of early orthodontic treatment
Starting orthodontic treatment as a child can:
- Prevent extensive treatment later on
- Possibly eliminate the need for braces
- Prevent the need for tooth extraction
- Help build healthy dental habits
- Protect teeth from trauma or decay
One of the early treatment options we offer at Smiles By White is Invisalign® First. Invisalign® First is an Invisalign® treatment designed just for small smiles. The smooth plastic aligners help to guide the growth of your child’s jaws to ensure there is space for all of their teeth.
Invisalign® clear aligners are tailored to your child’s exact smile for optimum comfort and efficiency. The aligners are also removable, so your child won’t need to change their diet or oral hygiene habits during treatment, making Invisalign® First an easy introduction to orthodontics.
Invest in a happy, healthy smile for life
Book a free consultation with Smiley By White in Hudson, Northfield, or Rocky River to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for your child.
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