Orthodontics for Kids
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids have their initial orthodontic exam at the age of seven. In most cases, Dr. Noorda and Dr. Okuda will recommend putting off treatment until your child has all of their adult teeth. Your little one will simply visit us every so often for complimentary checkups. This allows us to keep an eye on their smile and let you know when the time is right to begin treatment. However, there are some cases where early interceptive treatment will be indicated. With early treatment, we can take the least invasive approach to correct skeletal issues that, left unchecked, could require extensive treatment or even surgery down the road. To schedule a smile evaluation for your child, book a free consultation online or by calling us at (702) 737-5500.
What is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
If we identify certain red flags at your child’s exam, two-phase orthodontic treatment could be indicated. In Phase One, we guide jaw and facial growth with an orthodontic appliance while a child is still growing. In Phase Two, braces or Invisalign® Teen are used to move the permanent teeth into their ideal places.
When kids do receive this interceptive orthodontic treatment, the benefits include:
- Fixing crossbites
- Alleviating crowding
- Making room for the permanent teeth to erupt properly
- Reducing the chances of needing extractions or surgery later in life
- Ensuring treatment is easier, shorter and more affordable in the teen or adult years
- Creating facial symmetry
- Breaking negative oral habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Reducing the risk of dental injury by correcting protruding teeth
- Helping with chewing and speaking
- Boosting self-esteem and confidence!
Expert, Friendly Care for Growing Smiles
Your little one’s smile will be in good hands at Okuda & Noorda Orthodontics. We’re recognized leaders in the early treatment of bite disorders in children and have lectured on the topic extensively. However, we always treat conservatively and we make these early visits fun and educational for kids (and parents!). Our practice is relaxed, comfortable and you’ll always be allowed back in the treatment area with your child during appointments. We pride ourselves on keeping you in the loop every step of the way so you feel confident about your child’s care.
Early Treatment by the Numbers
It’s estimated that 10 to 15% of children could benefit from early treatment.
Schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation by age seven!
Little ones’ first permanent molars usually erupt between the ages of six and seven.