Braces for Children: An Early Start to a Beautiful Smile

Dr. Austin can improve most tooth and jaw alignment problems at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age seven. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

With early orthodontic evaluations and treatment, Dr. Austin will be able to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance
  • Correct crossbites that can lead to facial asymmetric growth
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Possibly reduce the need for further treatment when patient is older
In some cases, Dr. Austin will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems even before all permanent teeth have erupted. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dr. Austin and his team will discuss options with you to provide the best care and treatment program for you and your child including:

This special appliance widens the roof of the mouth, to correct crossbites and allows room for crowded teeth to grow in naturally. It may also expand the upper jaw to fit more closely with the lower jaw, additionally widdening the pallet increases room for the thung and helps open up the airway.
This is an appliance that fits from molar to molar on the inside of the lower teeth as a space maintainer to help alleviate minor crowding.
This appliance may be started as early as age five and my help correct a skeletal underbite. Additionally, it can improve facial aseticts by increasing mid facial growth.
Traditional braces may be placed on the upper and lower permanent teeth to solve a variety of issues including crowding and excess spacing.

If you think your child may need braces, call Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica for a complimentary consultation at (310) 393-8233.