Introducing Orthodontics Early May Benefit Young Children

children-hug-573417_640Children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old who have buck teeth (or severely protruded upper front teeth) are more at risk for dental trauma and may benefit from orthodontic treatment. A recent study stated that one in three children who were treated for severely protruding teeth were less likely to knock out a permanent tooth or chip a permanent tooth.

Active children may benefit from early intervention when they have protruding teeth. When a child’s teeth are protruding, there is a lack of lip coverage to protect their teeth from a fall or hit. If children damage a front tooth when they are young, they will have lifelong problems. Replacing or correcting a permanent tooth that is broken or lost can be expensive and will need to be repeated over the course of a lifetime.

According to the study, approximately 15% of children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old have protruding teeth. This is the most common problem that orthodontists treat. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age 7. At this checkup, the orthodontist can recommend whether a child will need treatment or not and when to start it.

boy-555577_640When children’s teeth are protruding, it may also make it difficult for them to chew their food. They may also be bullied at school because of their physical appearance. Early treatment will correct the problems immediately but it is important to remember that those who receive treatment younger may require a second phase of treatment when their permanent teeth are moved in. This second phase of treatment will shift their teeth into their final position.

It is important to have children checked no later than age 7 to see if they will need orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists can give you many different options when it comes to treatment. Early treatment can correct protruding teeth, which will then, in turn, reduce the risk of future damage.

At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, we have a variety of orthodontic options available to make your experience simple, more controlled and with shorter appointment times. To learn more about these options, contact us today at 630-848-6960 in Naperville or (815) 436-8787 in Shorewood to schedule a free consultation. You can also view our video at


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