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Many people associate braces with high schoolers or kids in junior high school. And of course, many adults are opting for braces or other orthodontic treatments. But what is the earliest a person should start orthodontic treatments? It may be earlier than you think. Even though many people see braces as a rite of passage between adolescence and adulthood, early intervention when it comes to aligning your child’s teeth can save time and money later.

It’s a good for your child to have an orthodontic screening by the age of seven since their adult teeth are coming in and alignment problems can already be detected. The jaw of a child is still growing then, and things like relieving tooth crowding and managing eruptions are easier to cope with. Your orthodontist can make use of a palatal expander to increase the space of a child’s upper dental arch, which will help teeth to erupt closer to their proper alignment. If a child has a cross-bite or front teeth that protrude, those issues need to be corrected for the development of the jaw, or for safety. Making use of early orthodontics does not mean that a child will not need alignment correction later in life. Often the opposite is true. But by taking action early on, the second course of treatment may make be shorter and easier.

If you are concerned about your child’s teeth, or your dentist has suggested that your child could benefit from orthodontics, our orthodontist, Dr. Stuart Graber will be happy to meet you, give your child an orthodontic screening, and make a recommendation about a course of treatment. If you live in the Purchase, New York, area, and would like to schedule an appointment at OneDent of Westchester give us a call at 914-750-4376 and we can get started on improving your child’s smile!