While many people think of orthodontic work as being primarily for teenagers, there are situations in which younger children should be offered assessment and treatment for orthodontic issues. Children’s orthodontists have specialized training for providing care to younger pediatric patients.
Why do Children Need Orthodontic Work?
Orthodontic treatment often starts in preteens and teens whose adult teeth have all come in. However, some children may have issues, such as a serious misalignment of the jaw, that may require orthodontic treatment while they are still young. Children’s oral health is important, especially as problems with a child’s teeth and jaw can inhibit appropriate language and social development.
When Should a Child Begin Orthodontic Treatment?
Your Gentle Dental family or pediatric dentist can advise you as to whether an orthodontic assessment is the right choice for your child. If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health, you should also feel free to speak to your dentist about your concerns.
The need for early orthodontic care is just one reason why scheduling regular dental appointments for your children are so important. By addressing oral health issues early, children not only develop good oral hygiene habits, but dental health professionals can assist you with a treatment plan that can help prevent life-changing complications for your child.
What About Costs?
While orthodontic work may have a reputation for being costly, there are now many different options for treatment that can help you to contain costs. In addition, many dental insurance plans do pay for orthodontic care. Gentle Dental accepts most dental plans and provides other options for payment, including the acceptance of major credit cards and financing options.
How do I Schedule an Appointment for my Child?
The professional staff at your neighborhood Gentle Dental office will be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our children’s orthodontists for you. Evening and weekend appointments are available, so let our staff members know what works best for you.