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Early Orthodontic Care in Pearl City

At Pacific Center for Orthodontics, Dr. Mark Kitamura and his team encourages parents to bring children in for an early evaluation. We create beautiful smiles for patients of all ages, but starting at an early age holds great advantages for a child’s future oral health. Learn more below about the importance of early treatment for your child.


Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child

Orthodontics is for more than straightening teeth; treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions), which result from tooth or jaw misalignment. These malocclusions affect the way a person smiles, chews and cleans their teeth.

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments

Orthodontic care does more than make a beautiful smile – it creates a healthier child.


When to Start Your Child’s Treatment

Although it’s never too late to begin treatment, there is an optimal time period to begin. Starting treatment during this period ensures the greatest result with the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.

Early Treatment Starting treatment early ensures:

  • The best possible result
  • The least amount of time and expense
  • Timely detection of problems
  • Greater opportunity for more effective treatment

At this early age, child braces may not be necessary, but early planning can help guide growth and anticipate the best time to begin treatment.
Why Age 7?

By the time your child turns 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Kitamura can evaluate tooth relationships and determine potential oral issues that will need correcting. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.


Advantages of Early Treatment

Orthodontic treatment in young children is known as interceptive orthodontics and offers some beneficial results:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces


Schedule Your Child’s First Visit

Thank you for choosing Pacific Center for Orthodontics for your child’s early orthodontic treatment. Dr. Kitamura and his staff understand the importance of starting treatment young and how it will impact your child’s future oral health. The initial consultation will take approximately 30 minutes with the possibility for an additional 15 minutes for diagnostic records. We take time during this visit to discuss potential treatments with you and the best options for your child.

Dr. Mark Kitamura knows how overwhelming orthodontics can feel for you and your child, so contact our Pearl City orthodontic office and one of our team members will be happy to answer any of your questions. With our office conveniently located in Pearl City, we make a beautiful, healthy smile easy for you, your child and your whole family, so contact us today and schedule your first visit!