Early Treatment

Braces for Kids in Houston, TX

Many parents ask “What is the right age to get braces?” This usually happens when some of their children’s friend’s start showing up to their house wearing them.   

The simple answer is, it depends. We support the view of The American Association of Orthodontists that advises children be seen by an orthodontist around age 7. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth and any crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, open-bites, and crossbites can be evaluated and treated, reducing the likelihood of surgery or extractions.  

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The early treatment phase generally lasts about 12 moths and is meant to accomplish specific goals, like create space for teeth to come in, correct thumb, widen the upper jaw, and resolve any crossbites.  

Once early treatment (the first phase of a two-phase treatment) is completed, your child will likely receive retainers to maintain the achieved results. We will then follow your child at observation appointments (ususally every 3-6 months) to make sure the teeth and jaws are developing properly.

Seeking early treatment may make your child's future orthodontic treatment less difficult andmore predictable. If treating your child later (once all of the permanent teeth are in) will be less expensive, more efficient, and better for you child, you will be informed of this. We will continue to monitor jaw and tooth development to watch for any problems and to evaluate for the best time to start.    

Does Your Child Need Early Treatment?

Here are a few things to look for that mean your child may need to see an orthodontist for an evaluation:

  • Crowded front teeth
  • Teeth that do not come together
  • Thumb sucking
  • Mouth breathing
  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Spacing in between teeth
  • Jaw popping or clicking sounds

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