The Importance of Pediatric Orthodontics

by | Aug 24, 2023 | Pediatric Orthodontics

Orthodontic problems, such as crowded teeth, misaligned bites, and jaw discrepancies, can lead to many issues if not addressed promptly. These problems can impact your child’s ability to chew, speak, and maintain proper oral hygiene. Early orthodontic intervention during childhood offers an opportunity to guide these developmental processes and prevent more complex issues from arising later in life.

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What is Pediatric Orthodontics?

Pediatric orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on aligning teeth and correcting jaw irregularities in growing children. As children’s jaws are still growing, certain orthodontic issues can be intercepted and corrected more effectively; orthodontists can guide the eruption of permanent teeth, guide jaw growth, and ensure that teeth come in straight and well-aligned.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment offers a range of advantages that extend beyond a confident smile. 

  • Guiding Natural Growth: Early treatment takes advantage of a child’s natural growth and development, making it easier to guide teeth into their proper positions.
  • Reducing Treatment Complexity: Addressing issues before they worsen can often lead to less complicated and shorter treatment plans.
  • Preserving Space: Early intervention can create sufficient space for permanent teeth, potentially avoiding the need for tooth extraction.
  • Correcting Habits: Early orthodontics can help break harmful habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, reducing the risk of further issues.
  • Improving Oral Function: Properly aligned teeth improve chewing, speech, and overall oral function.
  • Confidence: A straight and attractive smile can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

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When Can My Child Begin Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Determining the right time to initiate early orthodontic treatment depends on a combination of unique factors for each child. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This doesn’t necessarily mean that treatment will begin at this age. Still, it offers orthodontists the opportunity to assess the child’s oral development and identify any potential issues that may benefit from early intervention.

Pediatric Orthodontic Treatment Options

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are a tried-and-true method for correcting many orthodontic concerns. These braces are metal brackets affixed to the teeth and connected by archwires. Over time, the gentle pressure the archwires exert helps guide teeth into their desired positions.


Retainers play a vital role in maintaining the results achieved from orthodontic treatment. After braces or other orthodontic interventions, retainers help keep teeth in their corrected positions. They can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s needs.

Palatal Expanders

For issues related to a narrow upper jaw, palatal expanders are used to widen the palate gradually. These appliances create space by applying gentle pressure on the upper jaw’s sutures, allowing the bones to separate gradually.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a modern and discreet alternative to traditional braces. Custom-made plastic trays are worn over the teeth and gradually shift them into alignment. Clear aligners are virtually invisible and offer the convenience of being removable, making oral hygiene and eating more comfortable.

Early Orthodontic Treatment in Blue Ash and Loveland, OH

Don’t wait to take the proactive step toward securing your child’s oral health; schedule an initial orthodontic consultation at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists at one of our locations in Blue Ash and Loveland, OH. Dr. Stadiem will design a treatment plan that aligns with your child’s development, ensuring a smile that’s not only beautifully aligned but also healthily maintained for years to come.