Orthodontic Treatment of Children

Orthodontic treatment of children is important because it will set your child up for healthy teeth for life. If you have concerns about your child’s teeth, it is important that you contact Dr. Cho immediately as early intervention can result in a beautiful smile forever.

Dr. Cho cares about his patients and wants you to feel comfortable seeking out orthodontic care in our office. We treat children as young as 7 and will provide you with a full analysis and breakdown of the treatment to be offered. If you think that your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, now is the time to call our office and schedule your consultation.

When Should Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

Orthodontists, such as Dr. Cho, can provide you or your child with orthodontic treatment at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists highly recommends that children have their first orthodontic assessment performed no later than the age of 7. If you think your child needs to be seen before the age of 7, we recommend that you call our office and we will schedule you in for an appointment.

Early age assessments allow Dr. Cho to determine what type of treatment may be needed now or at a later date. Many times, children these young do not need to receive orthodontic children and they cannot receive it until their permanent teeth have grown in. Exams allow Dr. Cho to keep an eye on your child’s teeth and development to catch any problems that may arise.

Early treatment means better results and it means that your child will not have to receive treatment later on in life for a problem that could have been addressed early on.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment allows for quick detection of problems and also a greater opportunity that these issues can receive the proper treatment that they need. Treating your child’s teeth early will have the best impact on their future dental health and it will prevent serious problems and allow for healthy growth of all teeth. When orthodontic treatment is not necessary for your child, Dr. Cho will continue to monitor your child’s tooth development to make sure that the teeth grow in the way they are supposed to.

Why is 7 the Optimum Age for an Orthodontic Screening?

Age 7 is the recommended age by which children should have had, at minimum, their first orthodontic evaluation. The reason for age 7 is because your child’s adult molars have erupted and the back bite is officially established. An orthodontist, such as Dr. Cho, is able to see the side to side and front to back relationships of all teeth and make a determination.

For instance, an erupting incisor may indicate that your child will have a gummy smile, over bite, crowding of the teeth, or even an open bite. These timely screenings will help increase the chances that your child will have a beautiful smile.

What Are the Advantages of Treatment?

Interceptive treatment is important and there are a number of benefits that come along with it. Some of the benefits include:

• Reduces the risk of trauma to teeth that may protrude
• Creates room for erupting or crowded teeth
• Preserves space for teeth that have not yet erupted
• Creates facial symmetry and helps with proper jaw growth
• Reduced treatment time when braces are needed
• Reduces the need for tooth extractions

There are a few indicators that you need to keep your eye out for as these will often point to signs that your child may need orthodontic treatment. If you notice any of these signs, you should speak with Dr. Cho right away. Some of the most common symptoms include:

• Breathing through the mouth
• Early or late loss of the baby teeth
• Difficult time chewing or biting into food
• Thumb or finger sucking
• Teeth that are blocked, crowded, or misplaced
• Crowded front teeth that appear at the age of 7 or 8
• Jaw that makes a popping sound when opened or closed
• Teeth and jaws that are not proportionate to the face
• Teeth that do not come together or come together in an abnormal manner

Who is a Good Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics consists of many different types of treatments and there is not just a single treatment under the umbrella of orthodontics. Because of this, there are some patients who may be a good candidate for one treatment, but not a good candidate for another.

When it comes to orthodontics, it focuses on improving the aesthetics of your smile and helping to improve bad bites, which are referred to as malocclusions. Malocclusions occur when there is any type of jaw or tooth misalignment within the mouth. Bad bites influence the way that you chew, smile, and feel about your teeth.
If a bad bite is present, you may need to have a special type of orthodontic treatment performed. It is vital that you do not skip treatment because you are afraid of it. An improved bite will improve your overall quality of life.

A good candidate for most orthodontic treatments is someone who is in good oral health and has a condition that can be treated with orthodontic help. If you have gum disease or even tooth decay, then you will find that these conditions need to be treated first.

Dr. Cho will go over your options with you when you come in for an orthodontic consultation. At this time, an evaluation will be performed and Dr. Cho will let you know what the recommended procedures are.

Why Do Malocclusions Need to Be Treated Properly?

Malocclusions need to be treated to prevent a variety of conditions that may occur. Studies performed by the American Association of Orthodontists have shown that proper treatment of malocclusions can prevent protruding teeth, overcrowded teeth, over bites, under bites, and more.

Call Our Office Today

If you are in need of an orthodontic evaluation or you think your child may need one, now is the time to call our La Habra office to schedule an appointment.

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