Early Treatment

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h-pediatric2.jpgAt Star Orthodontics, we offer a full line-up of orthodontic care for all ages. We understand that a straight smile can positively influence a child's self-esteem, which is why we encourage parents to seek treatment for their children before oral issues become a concern.

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

An orthodontist can provide a wide range of treatment options for patients starting at an early age. Leaving problems untreated can lead to future issues, extended treatment time, and an overall higher cost. At Star Orthodontics, we believe that a corrected smile can do more than just improve a child's confidence. It can also improve overall health and ensure that misalignment does not occur in the future. Ignored dental problems can cause several different complications, including:

  • Speech impediments
  • Uneven wearing of the teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Susceptibility to chipping

Braces and Invisalign each offer solutions to crowding, malocclusions, or other conditions that are easily corrected when caught early.

When Should You Schedule Your Child’s First Visit?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children undergo a thorough orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven, or earlier if there are obvious issues. Generally, most children's molars have erupted by age seven, making it the ideal time to look for problems that need to be corrected. It may be determined that treatment does not need to begin immediately following an initial evaluation, but a plan may be put into place to begin at a time that is more appropriate. If there is a serious concern, we may decide to get started immediately.

Benefits of Starting Orthodontics Early

Beginning orthodontics as early as possible allows us to intercept any issues before they worsen. While older children can still get braces or even Invisalign Teen, the treatment is often faster and more effective if it is started at a younger age, and the mouth is better able to adapt to having its teeth changed and aligned.

Call Today For an Initial Visit

We are always ready to help our younger patients begin early treatment to set them on the road to a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by calling 361-992-2483. The Star Orthodontics team is ready assist you and your child in any way we can, and we thank you for trusting us as your Corpus Christi orthodontic care provider.