Early orthodontic treatment and guidance of facial growth and development may benefit numerous children.
The pediatric dentist can identify crowded or crooked teeth and bite problems and intervene to guide the teeth even before they grow into the mouth. The American Academy of Orthodontists recommend the first orthodontic consultation occur at age 7. Not only can early orthodontic treatment improve the appearance of your child’s smile, but straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to dental cavities and gingival disease. In most cases, early orthodontic treatment can prevent more extensive treatment later. Dr. Vela and the Bellaire Pediatric Dentistry team will inform you of the appropriate time for an orthodontic consultation for your child.