Early Orthodontic Treatment Specialist

LM Orthodontics -  - Orthodontist

LM Orthodontics

Orthodontists located in McLean, VA

Starting orthodontic treatment early may be daunting for some kids. After all, going to the dentist for a simple cleaning is scary enough on its own. At LM Orthodontics the team welcomes children for early orthodontic treatments that can save them a lot of pain and hassle in the future. To find out if early orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child, call LM Orthodontics for an appointment.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

What is early orthodontic treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment is the orthodontic treatment that begins as early as age eight or nine for children who need it. Currently, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking your child to see an orthodontist around age seven to decide whether or not early orthodontic treatment is necessary.

Unlike regular orthodontic treatment, early orthodontic treatment can guide the growth and development of your child’s jawbone and adult teeth to optimize their permanent positions. Problems with fully developed teeth and jaws are more difficult to fix, often requiring surgeries and other complex procedures.

What does early orthodontic treatment include?

Early orthodontic treatments vary on a case-by-case basis. The team At LM Orthodontics assesses your child’s teeth and habits and considers their implications for the future.

Your child might need:

  • Braces
  • Spacers
  • A palate expander
  • Tooth extractions

To make appliances like braces more fun and approachable for kids, they may have the option to choose different colors for their rubber bands and other components.

Your orthodontist optimizes the timing of the early orthodontic treatment to avoid disrupting your child’s growth and development. These and other early treatments are generally more tolerable and less complicated during childhood than adulthood.

How can I tell if my child needs early orthodontic treatment?

There are many warning signs that could indicate your child’s need for early orthodontic treatment despite still having many or all of his or her baby teeth. If you haven’t already booked an initial evaluation to see if early orthodontic treatment is necessary, you shouldn’t hesitate to if your child:

  • Starts losing baby teeth before age five
  • Hasn’t lost all baby teeth by age 13
  • Has a speech impediment
  • Breathes primarily through their mouth
  • Sucks their thumb continuously after age five
  • Finds it difficult to chew or bite down
  • Has teeth that don't come together normally, or even at all
  • Has protruding teeth
  • Has crowded front teeth
  • Has otherwise crooked-looking or misaligned teeth

These issues can be genetic or caused by a bad habit or injury. In any case, fixing these problems early can keep them from worsening or causing other problems with your child’s oral health.

If your child is nearing age seven or eight, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with the kid-friendly team at LM Orthodontics by phone at your convenience.