Early Orthodontic Treatment

Our dentists can start your child on their way to a healthier smile.

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It is crucial to recognize the need for early orthodontic treatment.

Treating developing dental issues early can lessen the need for extensive treatment later. Orthodontic problems like malocclusion or bad bites can be recognized in children as young as 2 to 3 years old. Early measures taken can help lessen the necessity for orthodontic intervention down the road.

What Is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

Stage I – Initial Treatment: Early orthodontic treatment is comprised of children from the ages of 2 to 6 years. Even during this early time frame, we can help prevent the developing oral structures from running into problems later on because of the dental arches underdeveloping, losing the primary teeth too soon, and the formation of detrimental habits including thumb or finger sucking. When addressed in this initial stage of development, treatment is typically successful and can often prevent the need of orthodontic or orthopedic treatment later on.

Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This stage of development encompasses children from the ages of 6 to 12 years when the permanent incisors of the front teeth and the 6-year molars erupt. Treatment typically involves working on bad relationships in the jaw and problems with their dental realignment. Because your child’s hard and soft tissues respond readily to orthodontic or orthopedic methods at this stage in their development, treatment is highly successful.

Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: During this stage of your child’s oral development, treatment involves working with their permanent teeth and the final phase of their bite relationship.

Please contact GoSmiles Dentistry at (703) 753-3346 or (703) 689-3900 today to learn more about early orthodontic treatment in Gainesville and Herndon, Virginia, and set up a visit with our orthodontist.