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Orthodontics for Children In Universal City, Stone Oak, & San Antonio!

h-pediatric2.jpgA child’s teeth start to come in usually between the age of three and 16 months. Many parents know that a first dental visit should be scheduled when a child is a year old, but what about orthodontics? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children between the ages of six and seven should come in for their first orthodontic screening. UC Smiles Orthodontics serves families in San Antonio, Stone Oak, and Universal City, Texas, and is happy to help your child with healthy dental development as their permanent teeth come in.

The Benefits to Early Orthodontic Treatment

There are many reasons to bring your child in for early treatment. By the age of seven, a child’s permanent teeth have started, but not yet finished, erupting. This means that we can look at how they are growing and take action to prevent the development of problems. With early intervention, there is less of a chance that teeth will have to be pulled down the road, as well as reduced risk for jaw surgery. We can also help to address oral habits that could affect jaw alignment or bite. By bringing your child in at an early age, he or she can also become accustomed to our office and what checkups are like, reducing anxiety.

Common Orthodontic Problems in Children

There are many different problems that we can address, but some common orthodontic issues found in children between the ages of six and eight include:

  • Anterior crossbite
  • Crowding
  • Open bite
  • Posterior crossbite
  • Underbite 

The earlier that we can catch these issues, the easier they will be to fix. You can sometimes identify problems before you even come into our office. Signs of potential orthodontic issues in children include:

  • Sucking of the thumb
  • Decaying baby teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Delayed loss of baby teeth

What to Expect With the Initial Evaluation

For the first evaluation, we will look over your child’s mouth to see if he or she has any problems that may need attention, such as gummy smiles or an overbite. We may initiate a Phase I treatment plan, which consists of preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. If necessary, we may place orthodontic appliances to prevent future problems from developing and to correct the current problem. Phase I treatment can help address facial problems, jaws, gums and tooth alignment. If caught early, Phase I can be effective enough to prevent the need for Phase II Treatment and the use of orthodontic braces

Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today

If you are concerned about the development of your child’s teeth and that he or she may need orthodontic intervention, schedule an early interceptive treatment consultation with UC Smiles Orthodontics by calling 210-658-2251. We have offices in Stone Oak and University City, and happily serve families in the greater San Antonio area. We’ll help you get your child’s jaw alignment and permanent teeth development back on track.