If you’ve had crooked teeth and needed braces, then there’s every chance your children could be in the same boat. Even if you’ve had a perfect orthodontic history and have never needed any treatment, there’s still a possibility of your children suffering from problems. Especially if they’ve grown up sucking their thumb or using a pacifier, as this can cause movement of the teeth.
There is all manner of problems your child could have or might show signs of having in the future. The most common of which are crooked teeth, large gaps between teeth, problems with jaw growth, teeth pointing out, and overcrowding.
At Braces San Juan Capistrano, we recommend every child comes in for an appointment when they’re in their early development years. It’s suggested that 7 years of age is the absolute oldest a child should be for their first orthodontic appointment. This is simply a little checkup so we can have a look at your child’s teeth and make sure everything is okay. It may transpire that they have no problems, in which case no treatment needs to be prescribed.
However, if we notice there are serious cases of malocclusion, we’ll go ahead and prescribe Phase I treatment for your child. This involves fitting your child with kids braces San Juan Capistrano for a couple of years and following it up with a retainer until all their baby teeth have fallen out. Now, their adult teeth should all grow back in as straight a line as possible thanks to the earlier treatment. But, we can begin Phase II treatment on the adult teeth to permanently fix their smile.
It’s rare that we carry immediately carry out treatment on children as young as 7. During your child’s checkup, your orthodontist will explain everything to you. We’ll tell you what the problems are and when we recommend your child begins proper Phase I treatment. In most cases, this isn’t until they’re at least 9 years old. Only in severe cases do we begin treating them before this.
From 9 to their late teens is the best time to conduct orthodontic treatment on your children as this is where they grow the most. As their bodies naturally change and adapt, it makes the process of moving teeth by wearing braces a lot easier. This is where we see the best results, and it’s also why you mainly see children wearing braces instead of adults.
Regardless of whether your child has visible orthodontic problems, you should call us on 949-446-1589 to schedule an appointment. A member of our friendly team will chat with you and book a checkup for your child at a time that suits you best. Our opening hours extend beyond school time, so you don’t have to worry about pulling your child out of class. During the checkup, your child will have everything inspected, and the results will be delivered to you right away. If you want to help your child have a better smile, give us a call today and consider kids braces San Juan Capistrano.