Although patients of all ages can receive orthodontic treatments, it is much more effective for children and teenagers, as their jaws and teeth are still growing and developing. We recommend that your child receive his or her initial orthodontic evaluation about age 7 to determine if and when orthodontic treatment will be needed. Call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to make your child’s appointment and learn more about orthodontics for children in San Jose, California.
Most irregularities in children’s teeth are a result of genetic or developmental issues, and cause problems with speaking, biting, and chewing. Sometimes certain habits and behaviors can cause or exacerbate these problems. These habits and behaviors include:
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Prolonged use of a pacifier
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition
When your child begins his or her orthodontic treatment, it will begin with an exam and evaluation of their teeth, including X-rays, bite impressions and models, and computer-generated images of the head and neck. This will help our orthodontist plan your child’s treatment. Most orthodontic treatments will involve traditional metal braces.
The most common orthodontic appliances used in providing orthodontic treatment for children are:
- Fixed braces – usually traditional metal braces or ceramic (clear) braces.
- Retainers (used following treatment with braces)
We invite you to contact us about orthodontics for children and make your child’s appointment with our orthodontist.