Orthodontics for Children: When to Start and What to Expect

Orthodontics is a widespread practice in the care of children’s oral health. When it comes to orthodontics for children, common questions include: “When is the right time to start?” and “What can be expected from the treatment?”. This article aims to answer these questions.

When to Start?

Experts recommend that children visit an orthodontist for the first time around the age of 4. This allows for the early identification of any problems and timely intervention.

Types of Orthodontic Problems in Children

Some common orthodontic issues that can be identified at this stage include crowding, diastema (excessive spaces between teeth), deep bite (when the upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth), open bite (when the teeth do not meet when the mouth is closed) and general malocclusions (incorrect meshing between the teeth of the two arches).

Orthodontic Treatments for Children

If the orthodontist detects a problem, they may recommend early treatment, also known as Interceptive Orthodontics. This can include removable or fixed orthodontic appliances, such as palatal expansion devices. These treatments can help prevent more serious issues in the future and may reduce the time needed for orthodontic treatment during adolescence.

Orthodontics in Adolescence

Once all permanent teeth have erupted (usually around 12-13 years old), the subsequent treatment can begin. This usually involves the use of traditional fixed orthodontic braces (metal or white ceramic brackets) or, in some cases, aligners like clear masks. The treatment can last from one to three years, depending on the severity of the case.

What to Expect from Children’s Orthodontics?

1. Initial Consultation: This is the first visit where the orthodontist will assess the need for treatment.

2.Treatment Planning: If it is decided to proceed with treatment, the orthodontist will discuss the treatment plan with the parent and child, explaining the steps and expectations.

3.Application of the Orthodontic Appliance: This visit involves the application of the appliance. An adaptation period may be needed for the child.

4.Control Visits: During the treatment, regular visits are necessary to check progress and make necessary adjustments to the appliance.

5.Removal of the Appliance and Retention: Once the treatment is completed, the appliance will be removed. Usually, a retention appliance is provided to maintain the teeth in their new position.

Conclusions

Orthodontics for children can seem intimidating for both parents and children, but it is a very common and well-studied process. Early orthodontics can prevent more serious problems in the future and help children develop a healthy and confident smile. If you have doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to discuss them with your dentist or orthodontic specialist.

Book a consultation with our expert Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni by contacting our office in Bologna at 344-3433540 and in Faenza at 388-0576093.

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Poliambulatorio odontoiatrico monospecialistico
Dir.Sanitario dr. Pier carlo frabboni
Iscrizione ord. Medici ed odontoiatri di bologna n° 726 del 05/04/1994

051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540

Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Studio di Odontoiatria ed Estetica Dentale Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni
Iscrizione ord. medici ed odontoiatri di Bologna n°726 del 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

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Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

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Registration with the Bologna medical and dental board n°726 from 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

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Single-specialist dental clinic
Health Directorate dr. Pier carlo frabboni
Order registration Doctors and dentists of Bologna n° 726 of 04/05/1994

051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540

Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni Dental and Aesthetic Dentistry Clinic
Registration with the Bologna medical and dental board n°726 from 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

info@piercarlofrabboni.com