Orthodontics for Children

Orthodontics for Kids

Early Orthodontic Treatment in Laredo, TX

At Laredo Orthodontics, we strive to provide convenient, high-quality orthodontic care in a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Our Laredo orthodontists work individually with each patient to create a customized treatment plan, and we strive to make orthodontic treatment fit into your lifestyle – not the other way around. We're proud to treat patients of all ages at our office, and sometimes, the best way to achieve a great smile is to start treatment at an early age. 

When Should I bring My Child to the Orthodontist?

In fact, even if we don't decide to start orthodontic treatment early, all children should have an orthodontic evaluation during childhood. In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask parents to bring their children to our Laredo orthodontic office for an initial evaluation at age 7. At this age, the back bite is fully established, which allows our Laredo orthodontists to detect both current orthodontic problems and any issues that might arise in the future. We won't always decide to start treatment right away, but evaluating at age 7 gives us the flexibility to monitor your child's growth and choose the ideal time to begin orthodontic treatment. 

The Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment

You may be asking yourself – why would my child need early orthodontic treatment? While it's not right for everyone, in some cases, early treatment is the absolute best way to achieve a great smile. This is largely because, during childhood, the mouth, teeth, and jaws are still growing and forming. We can influence this growth to achieve a healthier, more pleasing smile, and we can often use simple, comfortable devices to do it. Without early treatment, making these same changes during adolescence or adulthood could require invasive procedures like oral surgery. When it's necessary, early treatment offers a host of benefits, including:

  • Widen the upper jaw to create more room for teeth without surgery
  • Minimize the total time spent in braces
  • Achieve better facial symmetry
  • Prevent the need for tooth extraction
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Influence jaw growth to fix overbite or underbite
  • Protect front teeth that stick out from trauma

Schedule a Consultation with Your Laredo Orthodontist

Early orthodontic treatment isn't right for every child, but when it is, it can help us achieve a much healthier, more beautiful smile in the long-term. If you think your child may benefit from orthodontic treatment or your child is approaching age 7, we would love to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page with questions or to request an appointment online at our Laredo, TX office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help your child achieve a healthy smile!