Early Orthodontic Treatment

in Maitland, FL

When it comes to braces, most people think of teenagers and young adults. But did you know that children can also benefit from early orthodontic treatment? The goal is to get your child’s development on track and minimize the need for extensive treatment down the road. Our team at Maitland Pediatric Dentistry is all about setting the stage for long-term healthy and beautiful smiles.

A smiling young girl with braces on her teeth, indicating successful orthodontic treatment.

When Should You Schedule an Orthodontic Evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic evaluation as soon as you notice alignment problems, but no later than age 7. By then, your child should have enough permanent teeth for Dr. Aloise and our team to detect potential problems. Early intervention can significantly minimize or even eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment down the road.

A smiling young boy showcasing his braces, a result of his orthodontic treatment.

What Problems Does Early Orthodontic Treatment Correct?

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as interceptive or phase 1 orthodontics, takes place when your child has a mix of adult and baby teeth. One of the common reasons a child may need early intervention is to correct a crossbite, which occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly when the jaw closes. Crossbites can cause jaw growth problems in children and teens. They are often linked to narrow upper jaws and palates, interfering with breathing. Untreated crossbites can cause chipping of the front teeth, gum problems, and a host of oral health complications.

Other problems we may address include crowded teeth, a misaligned jaw, an overbite, an underbite, or protruding teeth. Dr. Aloise may recommend early intervention to get your child’s smile on track to proper growth and development.

One of the most common treatments in phase 1 orthodontics is palate expansion. The procedure involves the use of an orthodontic device that helps widen and expand the upper jaw to create more space for the teeth to move into their proper alignment. Correcting a child’s jaw width can help improve crossbites, underbites, and other jaw abnormalities. It also helps children maintain unobstructed airways, improving their overall health.

Other types of early orthodontic treatment may include space maintainers to prevent the complications that often follow tooth loss, such as misaligned teeth or a crowded mouth. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, Dr. Aloise may recommend a space maintainer to maintain the space needed for the adult tooth to come in correctly.

Many parents wonder why early intervention matters and why not just wait until a child is a teenager before opting for orthodontic treatment. Interceptive orthodontics produces excellent results because a child’s growing jawbones are still malleable and highly responsive to treatment. It helps guide the jaws and teeth to the correct positions, setting the foundation for straight and healthy smiles.

How We Help Your Child Relax During Treatment

We strive to ensure every visit is a calm, relaxed, and happy experience.
Here's what sets Maitland Pediatric Dentistry apart:

We're a Friendly,
Kid-Centered Team

Dr. Aloise and our team members love kids and work hard to make your child's time memorable and free of stress.

We Speak Your
Child's Language

We use kid-friendly language, turning toothbrushes into "Mr. Bumpy" and the dental drill into a sensational "water gun."

We Offer Happy Air for Calm Treatments

We offer nitrous oxide, or "happy air," if needed, to help your child feel calm and relaxed while getting outstanding dental care.

Your Child can Watch TV During Treatment

Your child will enjoy watching a favorite TV show while getting the best possible dental care!

We Have Treasure
Box Rewards

Your child will love our treasure box rewards - every visit ends on a delightful note!

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Early Orthodontic Treatment Near Me in Maitland, FL

Contact Maitland Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about early orthodontic treatment. Dr. Aloise will evaluate your child’s smile and may recommend early intervention, if needed, to guide the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. Early intervention can help prevent the need for costly and complex orthodontic treatments down the road.

We invite you to call 407-398-0510 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!