Your child’s primary teeth are only in place for a few short years before it’s time for a visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, they are invaluable to your child’s oral health and development. They help them learn how to eat and speak through proper oral functions. They also act as placeholders for their adult teeth. Since they fall out eventually, you might not think your little one needs braces, but their dental health and functions might rely on early orthodontics.
What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Most people attribute braces to improving the aesthetics of a smile. However, orthodontics can be used for many reasons. Children should have their first orthodontic consultation around the age of 6.
Their dentist can learn a lot about their oral health and development through their smile. They can detect potential issues before their adult teeth erupt. They can also correct various problems that may interfere with your little one’s development. Early orthodontics can be recommended for many reasons, including:
- A better prognosis for the eruption of permanent teeth.
- Correct issues caused by poor oral habits.
- Correct bite problems.
- Aid the growth of the jaw to accommodate the permanent teeth.
- Reduce the risk of future dental problems.
- Create a more pleasing and functional arrangement of the lips, teeth, and face.
- Alleviate potential dental concerns.
What is Phase 2 Orthodontics?
Phase 2 orthodontics typically occurs during the teen years. Unlike improving oral functions and health, the second phase of braces targets aesthetics. Common reasons include:
- Moving permanent teeth into their final positions.
- Correcting minor bite issues.
- Improving the function of teeth and facial appearance.
Benefits of Early Orthodontics
Early orthodontics can set your child up for a lifelong, healthy smile. It corrects issues before they turn into a big problem. Not only does this lessen the need for complex dental work later, but it also reduces their risk of preventable issues, like cavities and gum disease. It preserves their oral health while reducing their future dental expenses.
Early orthodontics can ensure your child develops the necessary functions for biting, chewing, talking, and much more. Choosing braces is a big decision, but you won’t have to make it alone. Your dentist will help you make the best choice for your little one’s growing smile.
About Dr. Travis Rottman
Dr. Rottman earned his dental degree at the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training in many specialties, including oral conscious sedation, laser dentistry, and orthodontics. He is a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment online or call (469) 757-9942.