Pediatric orthodontics is an orthodontic treatment that intervenes early in your child’s development to prevent severe functional problems with their teeth and jaws. Pediatric orthodontics focuses on function, not aesthetics. It aims to fix such issues as:
Pediatric orthodontics is divided into two stages: Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Phase 1 pediatric orthodontics starts while your child still has most of their baby teeth, usually around 6-9 years old. In some cases, they may need to start earlier.
The goal of Phase 1 orthodontics is to aid in the normal development of your child’s jaw, face, and teeth. Your provider may expand their palate to make room for erupting teeth or change the shape of their jaw to allow for better speech and digestion.
At Bernuy Orthodontic Specialist, we recommend orthodontic appliances based on your child’s unique needs. Some choices include:
Treatments usually last between 9-12 months.
The American Association of Orthodontists advises children to undergo a first evaluation with an orthodontist before they turn seven years old. Dr. Bernuy examines their bite and jaw development and evaluates how well their back molars have erupted to determine if they need orthodontics.
Phase 2 pediatric orthodontics starts after most of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted, in adolescence or early adolescence. At this stage, your provider can correct issues that are mostly aesthetic, as well as those that affect the function of your child’s teeth and jaws.
If your child previously underwent Phase 1 correction, their Phase 2 treatment will probably be shorter than that of their peers. In Phase 2 treatment, they usually can choose from more traditional orthodontic appliances, including traditional braces and clear aligners.
Don’t wait until your child’s permanent teeth have erupted before considering orthodontic treatment. Get early intervention to help their face and teeth grow most healthfully by scheduling a pediatric orthodontics consultation by phone or online at Bernuy Orthodontic Specialist today.