Orthodontics For Children

Orthodontics For Children

Orthodontics consists of moving the teeth but also in modifying the growth of the jaws and therefore the harmony of the face.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first orthodontic consultation around the age of 7 when the first permanent teeth erupt. It allows the opportunity to detect possible disorders in the growth of the jaws and dental malposition, possible functional problems (swallowing, phonation) or bad habits (thumb sucking, labial interposition), which must be treated as soon as possible before they have a permanent adverse effect.

The early management of our young patients aims to obtain a balanced morphological and functional environment before the arrival of all the permanent teeth. This period is ideal for correcting certain malocclusions and making changes in the position and shape of the jaws that would otherwise be impossible once growth is advanced. For example, treatments carried out during childhood  when well selected, can avoid treatment requiring the use of jaw surgery in adulthood. Neglecting an orthodontic problem can reduce the possibilities of simple solutions or lead to regrettable compromises. However, in some clinical situations, it is better to wait.

A second screening is done around the age of 10 to ensure a good transition into permanent teeth.  The orthodontist will determine the best time to start treatment based on multiple parameters: genetics, functional environment, stage of development of the teeth, and type or severity of the deformities. The maturity of the child and his/her ability to cooperate should also be taken into account.


Examples of treatment for children include:

·   Expansion of the palate

·   Partial alignment of teeth

·   Facemask