As your child develops their smile, it is important to note the formation and structure of their teeth. To do so, we encourage you and your child to visit our professional and kind orthodontists, Drs. Eleni Michailidis and Abraham Chahine. We are happy to see your child for a complimentary evaluation at Avenue Orthodontics, and will answer any questions you may have. If necessary, we may recommend early orthodontic care in Whitestone, New York, to help your child’s smile develop normally and prevent future problems. To learn more about our child orthodontics, please call 718-767-8400 today!

Why Early Treatment?

During childhood, bones are partly made up of cartilage, which allows them to grow in size and to change in shape. Growth occurs partly in response to the environment, responding to the forces placed on it. When a child goes through puberty, the cartilage is replaced by bone tissue. After this point, changing the size and shape of the bone is difficult because it becomes more or less “set.’

This means that the window for achieving the optimal outcome with orthodontic treatment is limited. Treatment done before bones set is more effective, because the orthodontist has a greater influence on the size and shape of the facial and jaw bones. For many children, this is necessary to allow enough room for all of the teeth to come in without crowding, and to align the jaw and facial bones so that the bite is healthy. Dentofacial orthopedics (such as palatal expanders) and braces are both commonly used treatments in kids.

Early treatment reduces the chances that teeth will be overcrowded later. When crowding is present in older teens and adults, it is sometimes necessary to extract some of the permanent teeth to relieve the crowding because the jaw bones can’t be induced to grow large enough to accommodate all of the teeth. Early treatment can create the necessary space by influencing the development of the bones, so it is less likely that extractions will later be needed.

Often, two-phase treatment is used, in which a child gets early treatment and then receives a second phase of treatment as a teen. For many kids, the early phase of treatment makes the later treatment shorter and more effective.

Learn more about when to bring your child to the orthodontist in the video below!