Early Orthodontics in Pflugerville, TX

At a young age, children can show signs of orthodontic issues. Though further oral development may be required, early orthodontic treatment is important to encourage the best for your child’s oral health. Early orthodontic treatment can benefit children already showing signs of orthodontic issues and prevent more extensive treatments down the road. To learn more about early orthodontics in Pflugerville, TX, please contact our office!

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What is early orthodontic treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as interceptive orthodontics, is a proactive approach to correcting orthodontic issues. Early orthodontics typically addresses orthodontic issues in two phases and is especially helpful if your child has a problem that could become more severe over time. Phase one of early orthodontic treatment often involves addressing the baby teeth, while phase two tends to involve a mixture of baby and adult teeth.

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When is early orthodontic treatment necessary?

The best way to figure out whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment is to schedule a visit with us. While there may be a chance that braces or clear aligners may not be necessary, we need to monitor changes, growth, and oral health closely. Some common indications that early orthodontic treatment is necessary include overcrowded teeth, abnormal jaw growth, bite problems, or thumb-sucking habits.

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What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Ortiz recommend children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. Though this may sound early, at this point, Dr. Ortiz and our team will have a solid understanding of how your child’s alignment may develop. Despite the recommended age of seven, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for individuals of all ages. Whether you notice misalignment in your child’s smile at an early age or in their adolescence, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as you get the chance.

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