September 19, 2019

A nice smile is always one of the best assets that anyone can have. A lot of parents want their children to have the most optimal mouth and jaw development, so that their kids can have the best possible smile.

Common issues that arise, prompting a parent to seek orthodontic treatment for their child, are crossbites, underbites, deep bites, an open bite, crowding and spacing. But what other signs should you look for to see if your child is in need of orthodontics?

Often times, a child may suffer from symptoms such as ADD/ADHD, chronic allergies, aggressive behavior, snoring, headaches, dark circles under eyes and restless sleep, which can all be related to malalignment of the teeth and jaw.

When Should You Start Treatment?

If you’ve been thinking about getting your child started with orthodontics, you may wonder, when is the right time to start treatment?

Treatment can start as early as four years of age. An early assessment and treatment will allow for easier treatment and will align with the child’s natural growth process, producing faster and easier results.

What Types of Orthodontics Will Best Suit My Child?

When it comes to orthodontics, there are many available treatments. The more common types are invisalign, traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.

Thanks to advancements made in the field there now are options to get straight teeth and proper jaw alignment without the use of braces and through with the use of Healthy Start or ALF treatment. 

An assessment of your child’s symptoms and the overall wanted result will determine which treatment method best suits them.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

This will depend on the treatment method needed for your child. Typically, treatment can last between six-to-18 months.

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Orthodontic treatment does not hurt. At the initial start of treatment, it may take a couple of days to get adjusted.

After the initial phase there are various times of treatment when you receive a new set of aligners or tightening of your braces, which may cause some discomfort for a day.

Orthodontics for Children

To learn more about the exciting options in children’s orthodontics today, schedule a consultation with Dental Excellence Integrative Center by calling (703) 745-5496. 

Not only will orthodontics correct your child’s smile, but it will also resolve many health issues.