Give Your Child a Lifetime of Smiles
Bringing your child into Limestone Hills Orthodontics for an orthodontic exam at a young age is the best way to ensure them a lifetime of healthy, aligned smiles.
Benefits of Early Evaluation
Your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned to have a smile that's long-lasting and healthy – or, in other words, a good bite. While there is no exact age at which all children should begin orthodontic treatment, Dr. Rodrigo Viecilli and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that your child should visit the orthodontist around age seven.
By seven, your child's teeth have developed enough for Dr. Viecilli to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, without settling too firmly into place.
This check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine and braces aren't necessary. In some cases, Dr. Viecilli may identify a developing problem, but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development.
Then, when indicated, begin treatment at Limestone Hills Orthodontics during the appropriate time for your child. In other cases, Dr. Viecilli might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
What Is Early Treatment?
Early treatment at Limestone Hills Orthodontics may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter, simpler, and less expensive.
In some cases, Dr. Viecilli will be able to achieve results that would be much more difficult to achieve if the face and jaws finish growing.
When is the Best Time for Treatment?
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment in Northwest Austin mainly starts between the ages of 9 and 14, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.
If orthodontist Dr. Viecilli thinks your child will need treatment, he’ll let you know when it will be best to begin treatment, and this gives him the best chance to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
Signs the Bite's Not Right
For parents around Northwest Austin, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a deeper problem with their bite.
Here are a few clues that may indicate the need for early orthodontic attention at Limestone Hills Orthodontics:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
Please schedule an appointment with our North Orthodontist Austin Office or call us at (512) 720-6399 to if you have questions.
If you bring your child to Limestone Hills Orthodontics now, it will help your child enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for the future. Also, refer a friend so you can double the enjoyment of your experience and both get a discount!