Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.
Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6 years. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth, and harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Treatment initiated in this stage of development is often very successful and many times, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.
Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6 year molars. Treatment concerns deal with jaw malrelationships and dental realignment problems. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard and soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.
Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.
If necessary, your child can utilize our numerous, safe sedation options. Our team has extensive training in multiple options.
Preventative dentistry relies on good oral hygiene and regular dental care and is important throughout your life…whatever your age.
Learn helpful tips for what to do when assessing your child’s dental emergency.
Don’t let injury or decay stand in the way of your child’s beautiful smile. Let restorative dentistry renew your child’s self-confidence and help prevent bigger, more painful, and costly repairs in the future.
If your child has special health care needs, trust that your team at Carmel Pediatric Dentistry makes sure to review your child’s condition and custom tailors the delivery of care to fit your child’s specific needs.