Early detection and orthodontic treatment for kids can help prevent more serious issues from developing.
Orthodontics for Kids in Los Angeles
How old do you have to be to get braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should have an orthodontic exam by the age of 7!
As children are growing, their teeth are constantly moving to accommodate for the growth of their jaws and other dental complexes. During this time, more effective, less invasive treatment options are available that will not be available once growth has completed.
Early detection and treatment may prevent serious problems from developing and achieve results that may have required surgery once the face and jaws are finished growing.
With a unique spaceship setting, our West Hollywood office offers patients an exceptional orthodontic experience. We aim to create a kid friendly, fun, comfortable and welcoming environment.
Health Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Not every child needs orthodontic treatment, but every child should have an orthodontic exam at an early stage. Some signs that a child may eventually require orthodontic treatment may include:
- Visible crowding of the teeth
- The jaw is disproportionate to the face
- Baby teeth fall out too soon or too late
- Has a habit of thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Has an overbite or underbite
- Breathing through their mouth, breathing loudly or snoring at night
The doctors pay special attention to the airway and the effect that it could have on growth and development of the jaw, and the possible relationship with snoring and sleep apnea.
This orthodontic evaluation is used to identify jaw irregularities and developmental complications that could indicate the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.