Early Treatment

Early Treatment

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As your source for a premier children’s orthodontist in Lakewood, CA, we at Lakewood Dental Arts are here to do all we can to ensure your child gets his or her needed orthodontic care. We’re not only glad to provide a wide variety of efficient orthodontic treatments for children, but we also pride ourselves on our warm and welcoming office environment that’s perfect for easing the minds of even the youngest of patients. If you have a younger child, we highly recommend bringing him or her in for an early orthodontic screening.

When Should a Child Visit a Children’s Orthodontist?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should first visit the children’s orthodontist at the age of seven. This age is typically the best time because it’s when the adult molars erupt. When these teeth erupt, the back bite will be established and it will allow us to judge the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. We can also look for a number of other orthodontic problems, including overbites, open bites, and crowding.

It’s important for us to note that an early screening doesn’t necessarily mean early treatment. If we believe that it may be more beneficial to perform an orthodontic treatment, such as braces, at a later date, we’ll simply wait and monitor your child’s growth and development before starting at the time that we feel is most likely to achieve optimal results.

What Are the Advantages of Early Treatment and Braces?

Undergoing early orthodontic treatment can provide many benefits for a child. It can:

  • Preserve space for teeth that haven’t yet erupted.

  • Create room for crowded or erupting teeth.

  • Create facial symmetry by influencing the jaw growth.

  • Reduce the risk of trauma to any protruding front teeth.

  • Reduce the need for any tooth extractions.

  • Lower treatment time.

Why Should Orthodontic Problems Be Treated?

For most patients, the first (and sometimes only) reason as to why they want to treat an orthodontic problem is because it looks unattractive. While this isn’t exactly untrue in many cases, there are several other (potentially harmful) reasons why a child should visit his or her children’s orthodontist in Lakewood to have an orthodontic problem taken care of:

  • If a patient has crowded teeth, it will be much more difficult to properly brush and floss. This will make a patient more likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay.

  • If a patient has protruding teeth, those teeth are more susceptible to being chipped, fractured, or broken.

  • If a patient has a crossbite, it can result in uneven tooth wear and unfavorable growth.

  • If a patient has an open bite, it can cause a speech impediment or a bad habit, including thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.

Visit Your Children’s Orthodontist in Lakewood Today!

If you’d like to sign your child up for an appointment with his or her children’s orthodontist in Lakewood, please feel free to give us a call at (562) 866-1735. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. We’re looking forward to meeting you and helping your child out on the path toward a healthier smile!