Some may think that orthodontic treatment only applies to teens and older children with spacing issues in their mouth. However, the truth is that Orthodontic treatment can be very beneficial for children at a young age, starting at 7 years old.
When you bring your child to the Austin Orthodontic practice of Dr. RJ Jackson, we are able to address their alignment issues early and intervene, if needed, to correct certain problems before their adult teeth starts to develop.
Benefits of straight teeth
There are many reasons why it’s beneficial to start orthodontic treatment at a young age:
- Properly aligned straight teeth are easier to maintain and keep clean
- It can help reduce the extent (and cost) of orthodontic treatment at a later age
- In some cases, Dr. RJ Jackson can help your child achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing
- Through early Orthodontic evaluation, you are providing your child the opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile
The three stages of Orthodontic treatment explained
The first stage is when orthodontic appliances are used to increase space in the mouth. For example, palatal expanders are commonly used to expand the width of the palate and lingual bars are used to expand the lower jaw. This follows by stage two, which is the active corrective stage, which is when braces are placed on your child’s teeth. During this phase, the teeth are adjusted and slowly move into their corrected and optimal positions. The third and final stage consists of retention. This phase happens after braces have been removed and the teeth are monitored with the use of a retainer, which could be either fixed or removable. During the retention phase, semiannual visits to RJ Orthodontics is recommended.
The Austin Orthodontist practice of Dr. RJ Jackson invites you to schedule a free initial consultation at our Steiner Ranch location. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and provide you with the best course of treatment for your child’s lifelong smile.