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Treatment for Younger Children

Children’s bones are still growing and are relatively pliable. This makes them good candidates for orthodontic treatment, particularly when deformities can be assessed early and treated prior to their full development. At Uptown Orthodontics, we find that the best age for a child to begin seeing an orthodontist is age seven, when bone growth is rapid and the child is mature enough to cooperate with treatment. At this time, based on an initial complementary assessment, we may recommend that treatment begin immediately or we may propose a future course of treatment. If your child enters a course of orthodontic treatment, he or she will enjoy participating in our incentive program that rewards younger patients for their role in taking good care of their teeth.

For those young patients whose diagnosis points toward orthodontic intervention, early treatment enables us to guide the jaws’ growth effectively, create space for permanent teeth to come in without impaction, correct habits such as thumb-sucking, reduce or eliminate some speech problems, and improve appearance leading to enhanced self esteem.

There is a wide range of conditions and factors that warrant orthodontic intervention in children. Orthodontic treatment at this age can address congenital skeletal deformities (such as an imbalance between the upper and lower jaws) and/or developmental deformities caused by factors such as thumb-sucking or an inability to breathe through the nose. Developmental deformities include crowded, crooked teeth. In some cases, early treatment can prevent more serious problems from developing later, and achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.

We highly recommend that you bring your child in for a complementary consultation and diagnosis no later than age seven. Your child will enjoy the friendly staff and warm atmosphere at Uptown, as well as our incentive program that rewards younger patients for their role in taking good care of their teeth.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions regarding orthodontic treatment. Do you have questions regarding your own situation? Come in for a complementary consultation! And remember to check our Office Policies section for non-treatment related questions.