Probably this is one of the questions most often asked by parents in the initial stage of their children’s growth. According to studies carried out, there is no concrete age to start the orthodontic treatment, since a personalized diagnosis is indispensable for each case.
At what age is it advisable to start with child orthodontics?
One of the initial and most important recommendations regarding orthodontics is that children should have regular checkups at the dentist between the ages of 6-7, which is when they begin to change their baby teeth.
At this age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but careful examination will indicate the most convenient time to begin the treatment. The first visit allows an early detection of skeletal and dental malformations that may interfere with the normal growth of the child. It is important to know that orthodontics in children are not placed until they have made the change of the whole dentition and they already have the definitive teeth.
Orthodontics in Children
These treatments are used in children at an early age, when there are bone problems, soft tissue disorders or growth problems in the jaw.
In the first place, we describe the maxillary orthopedics that are carried out through removable plates, orthopedic devices such as pacifiers, teats, shields, etc. This technique can be performed from birth to 13 years since it is the most active period of maxillary skull growth, and it is precisely this technique that interferes with remodeling the bones favorably in order to prevent future anomalies.
Orthodontia with expander apparatus is mainly applied in cases of malocclusions such as posterior crossbite, anterior crossbite and lack of space for eruption of definitive teeth. The advisable age for this type of orthodontic with expanders for children is in the stage of growth since it is at that moment when the orthopedic effect on the bones will be optimal.
When the treatment already comes with cross-bite or the palate should be widened, the treatment requires more time, taking into account that an orthopedic appliance must be taken prior to the treatment of braces.
Orthodontics in Adolescents
In adolescents, the most common problems are dental, crowded or separated teeth; the maxillary bones have different size, and there is a poor fit of the dental arches that can be reflected in the face. The vast majority of teens can benefit from orthodontic treatment to have a beautiful and healthy smile as it helps improve a teen’s self-esteem and confidence.
Duration of Orthodontic Treatment
The duration of an orthodontic treatment always depends on each case, so you need to do a personalized study with x-rays and some models.
Depending on each case, the time of an orthodontic varies. A conventional orthodontic treatment, in the case of slight crowding or poor occlusion, can last between 12 and 24 months.