Orthodontics for Children

As parents, we want what's best for our children: Healthy teeth and a nice smile. Early orthodontic consultation will promote healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.

The Canadian and U.S. orthodontist associations recommend a first visit at age 7. Orthodontists can detect potential future problems at this age even when there are still many primary teeth. Although the teeth may seem straight at first sight, the orthodontist can detect many problems that may be developing.

A consultation will allow the orthodontist to determine if interceptive treatment should be started or if a holding space is needed and the best time to intervene. The orthodontist may decide to wait and monitor regularly the development of the teeth.

It is best to treat certain problems when the child is growing. We reduce the complexity of future treatments and in some cases avoid maxillofacial surgery.

Examples of Interceptive Treatment:

  • Correct some skeletal problems (narrow palate)
  • Correct anterior or posterior cross bite
  • Make sure permanent teeth are guided into a better position as they emerge
  • Create space for an impacted tooth
  • Conserve or increase space for future permanent teeth
  • Correct bad oral habits

Regular monitoring of the emerging permanent teeth is necessary until the full permanent dentition has grown in.

A second phase of orthodontic treatment could be recommended to complete the full correction of the permanent dentition.

Because everyone is different: The orthodontist can determine the best treatment and the best time to treat your child for optimal results.

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