4 Reasons to Consider Orthodontics for Your Child

4 Reasons to Consider Orthodontics for Your Child

If you’re like most people, the term “orthodontics” probably conjures images of teenagers wearing metal braces and clear aligners. But did you know that the field of orthodontics goes far beyond straightening your teen’s teeth?

Starting orthodontic treatment at an early age offers numerous benefits for your child — from a healthier jaw to higher self-esteem. Walied Touni, DDS, MSD, and our team at Touni Orthodontics in Sunnyvale, California, specialize in children’s orthodontics, and we know that as a parent, ensuring your child's health and well-being is a top priority.

Here are four big reasons to consider orthodontics for your child sooner rather than later.

1. Early intervention, lasting results

Starting orthodontic treatment at a young age is the best way to identify and address emerging dental issues before they become more complex. Dr. Touni and our team are experienced in spotting and tackling problems like crowded teeth, misaligned jaws, and irregular bites before they fully develop.

Because these oral health issues are still in the early stages, interventions are often more effective. Early treatment can result in shorter treatment times and less invasive procedures later in life, helping you set the stage for a healthier smile in the long run.

2. Optimal jaw development

Many common orthodontic issues originate with improper jaw growth and alignment. Addressing these concerns early can make a big difference in healthy jaw development, and they can improve the appearance of your child's smile.

Orthodontic treatments like palate expanders can guide the growth of their upper or lower jaw to prevent issues like bite misalignment and overcrowding, as well as improve your child’s overall facial symmetry.

3. Improved oral health

Crooked, crowded teeth create nooks and crannies that are challenging to clean effectively. This can lead to a higher risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues throughout your child’s life.

Orthodontic treatment can reshape your child’s jaw and align their teeth properly, making it easier for them to brush and floss effectively. When their teeth are easier to clean, they have a lower risk of more complex dental problems later on.

4. Enhanced confidence and self-esteem

The impact of a beautiful smile on your child's self-esteem can’t be underestimated. Correcting dental misalignments early in life can help your child feel more confident about their appearance and help them enjoy a more positive self-image as they grow up.

This boost in confidence often extends beyond social situations, influencing academic performance and extracurricular activities as well.

What to expect with your child’s orthodontic care

An orthodontic evaluation is the first step in early orthodontic treatment, and we recommend scheduling the appointment before age 7. Dr. Touni specializes in comprehensive orthodontic exams for children, where he looks at their teeth, bite, jaw alignment, and more.

He takes the results of your child’s exam and develops a personalized treatment plan based on their needs. It's important to note that not all children require early orthodontic treatment, but a professional evaluation is the only way to know for sure. 

If your child is a candidate, we may recommend a plan that includes braces, clear aligners, expanders, or other orthodontic devices. Throughout treatment, we monitor your child's progress closely.

Expect to have regular appointments where we make necessary adjustments to their devices and answer any questions you may have. Even after treatment, your child may need to wear retainers to prevent their teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

Considering orthodontics for your child is a proactive step toward their overall health and well-being, and our team is here to guide you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Touni by calling our office today or booking online anytime.

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