West LA Orthodontics ensures that your oral health experience is as rewarding as possible by working with you and your family every step of the way. With the latest technology, Dr. J and his team provide you and your family with a range of safe and gentle treatment options.
Kids' Orthodontics primarily prevents and corrects "bite" irregularities. Several factors can contribute to such irregularities, including genetics, early tooth loss, and damaging oral habits (such as thumb sucking).
Your child's orthodontic irregularities may be present at birth or develop during toddlerhood or early childhood. Straight teeth reduce the risk of tooth decay and childhood periodontal disease. In contrast, crooked teeth can hinder self-esteem and make good oral hygiene difficult.
Some children display early signs of minor orthodontic irregularities. Dr. J may choose to monitor such situations over time without intervening. However, if your child is showing severe orthodontic irregularities, early orthodontic treatment can provide many benefits, including:
The best time for your child to get braces is between nine and 14 years old. In most cases, this occurs before they reach puberty. Adjusting their jaw and/or teeth may be more challenging if they've already gone through puberty. The first appointment with the orthodontist should be around age seven so a full evaluation can be made.
Most of the problems treated early by Dr. J are typically due to a "growth problem" in your child's mouth. Often it can be due to the upper and lower jaws not growing at the same rate or in the same direction, or one is too small or larger than the other. These types of problems are the reason we sometimes treat children as early as age seven.