Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Livermore

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Guiding Young Smiles

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Livermore is committed to the early intervention of orthodontic issues, aligning with the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation for children to have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This early assessment allows us to identify and address potential dental concerns before they become more complex.

  1. Phase One of Early Treatment Starting around age eight or nine, Phase One focuses on correcting jaw growth, bite issues like underbite, and ensuring adequate space for emerging permanent teeth. This proactive approach can significantly reduce the need for extractions and more invasive procedures in the future.

  2. Identifying the Need for Early Treatment Signs that your child may benefit from early orthodontic treatment include early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking past age five, speech impediments, protruding or misaligned teeth, jaw shifting, and crowded teeth around age seven or eight. Addressing these issues early on can guide the proper development of your child’s teeth and jaws.

  3. Long-Term Benefits Early orthodontic intervention helps in correcting orthodontic problems that may be due to genetics, injury, or habits like thumb-sucking. Starting treatment at a younger age takes advantage of a child’s ongoing growth to guide dental development, potentially simplifying later treatments. Early intervention can prevent more extensive orthodontic work in the future, often reducing the likelihood of needing tooth extractions or oral surgery as an adult.

Our team at Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Livermore is here to guide you and your child through every step of early orthodontic care. If you notice any signs of orthodontic issues or your family dentist recommends a consultation, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re dedicated to providing the best care for your child’s evolving smile.