Healthy Smiles Start with Child Orthodontics
We offer orthodontics for children of all ages in Richmond Hill. 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.
We’re happy to help with any early treatment needs your child may have. Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist to determine 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. This usually begins as early as eight years old and goes up until early teens.
Phase II Treatment: The second phase is used to correct any misalignment of the child’s teeth. This is only started when almost all of the child’s adult teeth are present.
Signs You Should Consider Child Orthodontics
There is a number of signs that indicate whether your children could benefit from Orthodontics. The following points will help you decide if braces should be considered:
- 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 Do Children Benefit from Early Evaluation & Treatment?
Having an early orthodontic evaluation is always a good idea, even if your child isn’t seeking treatment. This consultation helps us evaluate how their jaw and teeth are growing and whether braces will be necessary.
There are many benefits from evaluating orthodontic needs early. Here are some reasons you should consider bringing your child in for a visit:
- Guide the Growth of Your Child's Jaw
- Monitor the Width of Your Child's Upper and Lower Dental Arches
- Properly Emerge Permanent Teeth
- Reduce the Risk of Injury from Improperly Protruding Incisors
- Reduce Your Child's Inhibiting Oral Habits (Chewing Nails & Sucking on Fingers)
- Enhance 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.
An underbite is 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. 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. If you are interested in learning more about the services we offer, click here.
Give Your Child a Healthier Smile by Contacting Us Today!
Dr. Rashed and the team are happy to give you a consultation and evaluate your child's orthodontic options!