Searching for an experienced orthodontist to treat your child? At Elite Orthodontics, we provide the most advanced pediatric orthodontic treatment options available to serve the communities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Woodbridge, and other surrounding communities in Northern Virginia.
While there is no exact age to begin kids orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems to avoid surgery in teen/adult years.
A few key things to look out for in your child that are indications you should bring them in include the following:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
When we are able to catch these problems early, we are able to correct and guide your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight, regulate the width of the upper and lower arches, create more space for crowded teeth, and avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
Schedule a Pediatric Orthodontic Consultation
Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Do I need a referral to come to you?
What treatments are common with younger children?
Overbite treatments, invisible aligners, and braces are just some of the most common treatments among younr children.
How long will my child need braces?
This will vary on your child’s dental condition. More often than not, a child can wear braces between 1 ½ to 3 years.
Does my child have to get metal braces?
A child can get metal braces, depending on the assessment of the orthodontist. This usually applies for those with crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, and maloclussion (also known as ‘bad bite’).
Will my child need a retainer?
After completing their metal braces treatment, a retainer is usually needed to maintain alignment of the teeth.