What Parents Should Know about Children’s Orthodontics

July 10, 2024

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At Cruz Orthodontics, we believe in empowering parents with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their children’s dental health. In our latest video podcast, Dr. Cruz, a leading orthodontist, shares invaluable insights on children’s orthodontics. This discussion covers everything from the ideal age for evaluation to the latest advancements in orthodontic care, providing a comprehensive guide for parents navigating the world of pediatric orthodontics.

Key Insights:

1. Timing of Orthodontic Evaluation

  • Focus on dental development rather than age
  • Typically around 7-8 years old, when adult front teeth erupt
  • Can be as late as 9-10 years old in some cases

2. Indicators for Early Treatment

  • Severe crowding
  • Cross bites (upper teeth trapped inside lower teeth)
  • Underbites or posterior cross bites

3. Common Early Interventions

  • Expanders (or “spacers”) for the upper arch
  • Used to widen the upper jaw and create space

4. Treatment Duration and Frequency

  • Average treatment lasts about 1.5 years
  • Appointments typically every 2-3 months

5. Risks and Benefits

  • Rare risks include root resorption and allergic reactions
  • Benefits include avoiding adult tooth extractions and potential jaw surgery

6. Parental Support During Treatment

  • Assist with brushing and flossing
  • Help with expander adjustments
  • Maintain a positive attitude

7. Technological Advancements

  • Dental monitoring through smartphone apps
  • 3D printed custom expanders
  • Pain relief devices like Synapse

“The risks, in my opinion, of not doing early treatment when it’s justified can be greater than actually doing the treatment.” – Dr. Cruz

To gain a deeper understanding of children’s orthodontics and how it can benefit your child, we encourage you to watch the full video podcast. Dr. Cruz’s expertise offers invaluable guidance for parents considering orthodontic treatment for their children. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the complete interview and subscribe for more informative content on dental health and orthodontics.

For personalized advice tailored to your child’s needs, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Cruz Orthodontics. Our team is dedicated to providing top-quality orthodontic care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Contact us today to take the first step towards your child’s healthier, more confident smile.