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Frequently Asked Questions

Top-Quality Orthodontics in the Heart of LA

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.

What Is Orthodontics for Kids?

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.

Why Does Early Orthodontic Treatment Make Sense?

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:

  • Improved self-confidence and teeth aesthetics

  • It is more likely that their jaw will grow properly

  • Adult teeth are more likely to be correctly aligned and spaced when they grow

  • Reduced risk of bruxism (grinding of teeth)

  • Children are less likely to develop cavities, periodontitis, and tooth decay as they grow

  • Impacted adult teeth are less likely to occur

  • Earlier orthodontic treatment reduces the risk of protracted treatment in the future

  • Reduced risk of speech problems

  • The risk of tooth, gum, and jawbone injuries is reduced

What Age Should You Get Your Child Braces?

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.

Can a Seven-Year-Old Child Have Braces?

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.

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