At Tooth Wranglers, we get a lot of parents asking us questions about their children’s orthodontic health – and we love that. It warms our hearts to see parents taking a proactive stance on their children’s well-being and reaching out in advance, as it’s the best mindset for ensuring kids a healthy, beautiful smile that’ll last them the rest of their lives. One of the most common subjects parents ask us about is early orthodontic treatment – and in particular, if their children need it. For this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know on early orthodontics and whether or not your child needs it.

Two Phase Treatment

Early orthodontics, also called interceptive treatment, is the procedure of using orthodontic appliances like braces or Invisalign to correct teeth earlier in life – usually starting around age 7. While not every child needs it, in some cases it can help us correct problems before they develop in severity, ultimately limiting total treatment time and making things easier down the road. For many patients, it’s a necessary step in developing a healthy, beautiful smile.

So, does your child need early orthodontic treatment? In truth, there is no answer – every child has unique needs for their own orthodontic situation. To find out, though, we ask parents to bring their child in for an initial orthodontic evaluation around age 7. While we may not need to begin treatment yet, this first examination lets us see what, if any, problems are developing, and helps us plan the best time to start treatment.

Contact Your Albuquerque, NM Orthodontist

Have more questions about your child’s orthodontic health? We’re always here to answer them. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for tips and info on maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile – for you and your child!