Give Your Child a Healthier Smile, Today!
We offer orthodontic treatment for children of all ages at Smiles on Yonge. There are many benefits to securing an early diagnosis and treatment to ensure your children have a positive future with a brighter, healthier smile. Early treatment will help determine developmental concerns in the mouth and jaw, as well as prevent drastic problems from occurring later on.
Start Child Orthodontic Treatment Early
We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive services to patients of all ages, including children. We know the benefits of providing early orthodontic treatment to children and how it can impact the need for future treatment.
We’re happy to help with any early orthodontic treatment needs your child may have. The following facts, provided by our expert team, will help guide you through the process so you can decide if orthodontics is necessary for your children!
How Early can my Child get Braces?
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists suggests parents consult with an orthodontist when their child is as young as seven-years-old. Since children begin to grow their adult teeth at this age, it’s a good time to evaluate the development of their mouth and teeth.
Whether or not they need orthodontic treatment is not as important as evaluating future concerns or potential problems. By catching any issues early, we’re better prepared to use this information to care for your child’s dental health.
Orthodontic treatment for children is usually divided into 2 different phases. Phase I Treatment addresses problems related to jaw growth and development. The second phase is used to correct any misalignment of the child’s teeth.
Depending on the growth problem; deficient or excessive growth of the jaws, Phase I Treatment usually begins as early as eight-years-old and goes up until early teens. Phase II Treatment is only started when almost all of the child’s adult teeth are present.
Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment
There is a number of signs that indicate whether your children could benefit from orthodontic treatment. The following points will help you decide if you need to consider orthodontic work for your child:
- Losing Baby Teeth Early or Late
- Problems with Chewing or Biting
- Thumb or Finger Sucking After the Age of Five
- Considerable Speech Impediments
- Breathing Primarily Through the Mouth
- Protruding Teeth in the Form of an Overbite or Underbite
- Severe Crowding of the Front Teeth
How Your Child Benefits from an Early Evaluation & Treatment
Having an early orthodontic evaluation is always a good idea, even if you aren’t seeking treatment. This consultation helps us evaluate how your child’s jaw and teeth are growing and whether orthodontic treatment will be necessary.
In terms of treatment, there are a number of potential benefits from evaluating your child’s orthodontic needs early.
Some of the positive reasons you need to consider bringing your child in for a visit include:
- Guiding the Growth of Your Child's Jaw
- Monitoring the Width of Your Child's Upper and Lower Dental Arches
- Guiding Permanent Teeth to Properly Emerge
- Reducing the Risk of Injury from Improperly Protruding Incisors
- Reducing Your Child's Inhibiting Oral Habits (Chewing Nails & Sucking on Fingers)
- Bolster Your Child's Self-esteem and Appearance
- Reduce the Need for Orthognathic Treatment Later
Child Orthodontic Solutions
Treating a Misaligned Jaw
Severe crossbite is when upper teeth close inside of the lower teeth. This alignment issue is a problem that can be fixed early in a child’s life with intervention.
A palatal expander is the best option to use with a crossbite because it expands the upper jaw to fit the lower one properly. Performing this operation when a child is young is best because their jaw is still developing.
The opposite of overbites, underbites are when the lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw. This misalignment causes an improper bite and can lead to a number of serious problems.
There are a number of potential solutions which can be applied to help fix an alignment problem for children. The earlier these methods of treatment are pursued the better chance there is of avoiding orthodontic surgery later on in life.
Correcting Overcrowded Teeth
Severe crowding occurs when a child’s jaw is too small to incorporate the permanent teeth they have growing in. Trying to correct crowding during early treatment helps ensure that the teeth are monitored and managed as they emerge.
We have a number of different strategies at our disposal that will make sure your child’s teeth grow in properly. Although braces may still be needed later on, early treatment should make the later process simpler and more effective.
Get Started with a Child Evaluation Today!
Our specialists will assess your child’s jaw growth and teeth development to determine what kind of treatment is required. By getting started early on, we will be able to catch potential problems like overbites, crowding, and narrow jaws and correct them before they get worse.
We work to create an environment that is comfortable and fun for children and our team will do everything to ensure your child’s visit is an enjoyable one. Get started with child orthodontics in Richmond Hill when you contact Smiles on Yonge.
Give Your Child a Healthier Smile by Contacting Us Today!
Dr. Rashed and our Smiles on Yonge team are happy to give you a consultation and evaluate your child's orthodontic options!