At Kelly Smile Dentistry, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family, especially children. Not only is our office family-friendly and comfortable, but we also utilize the latest techniques and cutting-edge technology to provide supreme care. We believe healthy smiles for healthy families begin with professional orthodontics.
Early orthodontic treatment can not only give your child a more beautiful smile; it can prevent oral health problems in the future. Overly crowded teeth can trap food debris and bacteria, make it difficult to clean these areas properly, and ultimately result in tooth decay and gum disease. With early orthodontic treatment, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health that follows them into adulthood.
When to Schedule Your Child’s First Orthodontic Appointment
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) suggests that a child should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven or younger. At this point, your child should have enough permanent teeth for us to make a proper diagnosis. Because the facial and jaw bones are still growing, it is an ideal time to evaluate potential problems.
As a highly-educated, highly-skilled orthodontist, Dr. Kelly is specifically trained to spot subtle problems in younger children. After your child’s initial check-up, there are three general outcomes:
Problems We Can Address With Early Treatment
While the teeth and bones are still developing, certain issues may be easier to address. The types of problems most suitable for early orthodontics include:
The goal of early treatment is to catch developing problems and guide the eruption of the remaining permanent teeth. This is sometimes referred to as Phase 1 treatment, which is focused on underlying skeletal issues while the facial and jaw bones are still growing. This may include wearing partial braces or a palate expander to create more room in the jaw for erupting teeth. Then, if needed, we recommend Phase 2 care, which involves more traditional orthodontics such as braces or aligners.
Making Orthodontics Fun
We understand that most children are not exactly thrilled during their visit to the dentist. However, we strive to make their experience as fun and comfortable as possible. Over time, you may find your child looking forward to their appointments with us!
We also understand there is a certain stigma associated with traditional metal braces. To make braces more acceptable and fun for our younger patients, we offer a wide-variety of brightly colored elastic bands. The elastic bands secure the arch wire to the brackets, and choosing the color can help your child feel more involved in treatment.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
If you would like to learn more about your child’s oral health, we can help! Call (442) 229-0766 to schedule their initial appointment today!