Orthodontic treatment for kids can help straighten teeth and align jaws to help improve the mouth’s health, make chewing food easier, and create great smiles. This is done with braces, retainers, and other devices.
Orthodontic treatment is advised by the age of 7 if the dentist or parents see a problem with a child’s teeth or jaws. It’s at this age that the first permanent molars and incisors have come in, and crossbites, crowding, or other issues can be assessed. When discovered early on, safe preventative measures can be taken as the orthodontist can guide the jaw’s growth and incoming permanent teeth. Other corrections include regulating the upper and lower dental arches’ width, gaining space for permanent teeth, avoiding future permanent tooth extractions, reducing the chance of impacted permanent teeth, correcting thumb-sucking, and eliminating abnormal swallowing or speech problems.