Orthodontics for Children
Early evaluation for orthodontic treatment may help to preserve adult teeth and make future full orthodontic treatment quicker, easier, and less costly. Early evaluation will be beneficial to your child’s long-term dental health.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment and can approximate what to expect in the future.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for an orthodontic evaluation?
By the age of 7 the first permanent adult molars have erupted and the baby front teeth have started to fall out. This means that the front and the back of the adult bite has been established. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely orthodontic evaluation increases the chances for the best result.
How we can help children with pediatric orthodontic treatment:
- Creating room for crowded erupting teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing treatment time with braces
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Correction of crossbites that cause the jaw to shift
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding or misaligned front teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
Our friendly doctors, professional staff and warm, welcoming environment will help give you and your child a positive experience every time you visit.
Call one of our Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, or Coquitlam offices to schedule an initial examination where we can go over your personalized orthodontic treatment options.