Early Orthodontic Treatment in ABQ

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Ohana Orthodontics provides early orthodontic treatment in Albuquerque, NM. Call 505-738-6406 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment is Important

Why is early orthodontic treatment important?

While not every child needs early orthodontic treatment, this treatment can be necessary to be sure that permanent teeth erupt properly. Early orthodontic treatment can also reduce the possibility of issues like severely crowded teeth, improper jaw growth, and impacted eruption of teeth. 

Early treatment can start as early as age 7, and in fact, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7.

At around the age of 7, the first adult molars typically appear. Molars help define your back bite. An early visit to your orthodontist can allow your dental team to effectively and accurately evaluate your bite. 

While actual treatment may not be necessary as yet, at this age, orthodontic monitoring can help define the best timeline for the most effective treatment.

Preventing Future Serious Dental Problems for Your Child

An early orthodontic visit helps to prevent serious future problems. Scheduling a visit can:

  • Reduce the need for tooth removal
  • Create more space for crowded teeth that are just starting to erupt
  • Reduce the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Preserve needed space for permanent teeth
  • Reduce future orthodontic treatment time
  • Provide Interceptive Orthodontics, appliances used to create space and correct bite problems while growth is still occurring

Ready to Learn More?

If you want to find out more about early orthodontic treatment and how it can help your child, at Ohana Orthodontics, we’re ready to help! Call 505-738-6406 to schedule your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Early Orthodontic Treatment

What is early orthodontic treatment designed to do?

Early orthodontic treatment helps young children who still have some or even all of their primary teeth, to prevent improper growth and alignment for permanent teeth. Depending on the issue requiring treatment, there are many different orthodontic options available to prevent more serious dental issues when permanent teeth are fully in place.

How do you know if your child will benefit from early orthodontic treatment?

The best way to determine if your child will benefit from scheduling early orthodontic treatment is to start with a consultation from a skilled orthodontist. During a consultation, the orthodontist can take dental X-rays and conduct an oral examination, examining how both your child’s permanent teeth and jaw are developing.

What early orthodontic treatment options are available for children?

There are three common early orthodontic treatment types, including:

  • Wearing a palatal expander
  • Partial braces
  • Retainers

The goal with each of these treatment types is to recognize and address any jaw and alignment issues before or just after your child’s permanent teeth emerge.

Why should you consider early orthodontic treatment?

You should consider early orthodontic treatment whenever your pediatric dentist notices an issue with your child’s jaw or teeth alignment after permanent teeth start to come through. 

To avoid more severe future issues, your orthodontist  will check on concerns such as: 

  • Malocclusion
  • Bite complications
  • Narrow jaw
  • Protruding teeth

Interceptive Orthodontics

Learn more about appliances used to create space and correct bite problems while growth is still occurring.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 505-738-6406.