Children's Orthodontics Specialist

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic assessment by the age of seven. If you and your family live in or around East Windsor, Hamilton, East Orange, and Trenton, New Jersey, you can count on the compassionate orthodontists and staff at Braces Culture for expert orthodontic treatment and care for your children. Call or book an appointment online today.

Children's Orthodontics Q & A

What is children’s orthodontics?

Children’s orthodontics — often called interceptive orthodontics — is designed specifically to guide the development of your child’s teeth and jaw, preventing orthodontic issues from developing as they grow up.

Around the age of seven, your child’s first set of molars emerge, which allows your orthodontist to identify potential issues with their bite — the way your child’s teeth meet when they close their mouth.

How is children’s orthodontics different than treatment for adolescents or adults?

Orthodontic care can begin for children as early as six or seven years old, although most childhood orthodontic treatment begins around the age of nine.

Children’s teeth and jaws are still growing and developing, which can make corrective treatment easier than at a later, more developed age. Some conditions like a crossbite or overbite are better to correct earlier to avoid issues like uneven jaw development.

Early orthodontic treatment is also beneficial for issues like abnormal arches and jaws. Your orthodontist offers treatment to guide the growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth, avoiding more serious issues and more invasive orthodontic treatment later in life.

Some of the benefits of children’s orthodontic treatment include:

  • Guided jaw and teeth development
  • Improved jaw and lip closure
  • Corrected harmful oral habits
  • Improved appearance

What are signs that my child needs orthodontic treatment?

You should always rely on a professional assessment from your Braces Culture orthodontist to determine if your child needs braces or other orthodontic treatments. However, some signs that could indicate a need for orthodontic treatment include:

  • Trouble chewing or biting
  • Crowded or abnormally spaced teeth
  • Upper and lower teeth don’t meet correctly
  • Clenched teeth or grinding
  • Abnormal facial appearance, including jaw placement

What are common orthodontic treatments for children?

Your orthodontist at Braces Culture recommends treatment that will best correct your child’s dental alignment. In most cases, children wear traditional metal braces for between one and three years.

Some children need to have a palatal expander to expand the upper arch in their mouths. This process helps create more room for your child’s teeth to grow.

After childhood orthodontic treatment, your child typically wears a retainer to maintain the corrective treatment.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s need for orthodontic treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

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