State-of-the-Art Orthodontic Care for Your Child
If you’re interested in preserving your child’s oral health and putting them on the road to a lifetime of healthy smiles, Dr. Grussmark can help. He’s been working with patients of all ages in the Miami area for more than 30 years, so you can have confidence trusting him with your child’s smile. Find out how early orthodontic care can address concerns before they lead to more serious issues and support your child’s oral health for many years to come.
Does Your Child Need Braces?
Orthodontic issues typically begin around age ten, but they can be detected even earlier. To stay ahead of potential concerns, we generally recommend that your child visits us for their first orthodontic exam at age seven.
If your child’s teeth look crooked at any age, it’s possible they could benefit from treatment with braces. Children are especially at risk for orthodontic issues if they:
- Sucked their thumbs or used pacifiers frequently as a baby
- Grind their teeth
- Press their tongue against their teeth when swallowing (tongue thrust)
The Advantages of Early Orthodontic Care for Kids
Dr. Grussmark offers early treatment plans for our younger patients. These plans deliver preventative care, using appliances such as partial braces to guide the development of your child’s teeth. Measure like these can help prevent alignment issues from developing in the future.
If any of the following conditions apply to your child, they may be a good candidate for an early orthodontic treatment plan:
- Loss of one or more permanent teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite or crossbite
- Cheek biting
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Difficulty chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb sucking
Sports Mouthguards—Protecting Your Smile
If your child plays a contact sport, Dr. Grussmark can create a customized mouthguard to protect their teeth from injury. These mouthguards are especially valuable if your child wears braces or any other type of orthodontic appliance, allowing them to continue enjoying the sports they love without jeopardizing their treatment.
Dr. Grussmark customizes each mouthguard by taking a mold of your child’s teeth with their braces on and constructing the appliance to match the exact shape of their bite. These mouthguards offer effective protection for their smiles along with their metal braces, Invisalign® aligners, and more.
Visit Centre for Invisible Orthodontics
If you’re concerned that your child may need orthodontic treatment, contact one of our three locations in the Miami area—Dadeland, Brickell, and Merrick Park—to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark. He’ll thoroughly evaluate your child’s smile, identify any potential issues, and develop an effective treatment plan. With early care, he’ll keep your child smiling with straight, healthy teeth and avoid potential orthodontic problems in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontic treatment generally begins between the ages of nine and 14 years old. We recommend bringing your child in for an exam around the age of seven to determine if they would benefit from braces in the future.
At this appointment, your child’s orthodontist will be able to tell you when their treatment should begin and what it’s expected to involve. If your child is older than seven, you can schedule an examination at any time to determine their need for orthodontic care.
It’s never too late to get braces. Though orthodontic treatment is most often recommended between the ages of nine and 14, adult braces are becoming more common. Teeth can be adjusted more quickly and easily when you’re younger, but they can still be moved when you’re an adult.
There are more options for adult braces nowadays, so you’ll be able to choose a type that suits your lifestyle best. Self-ligating braces and Invisalign can be less noticeable than traditional braces, so you can more discreetly straighten your teeth.
A nine-year-old may be able to get braces if your orthodontist recommends treatment. It’s best to bring your child in for an examination by the age of seven to determine if they’ll need braces. After the exam, the orthodontist will be able to tell you what treatment your child may need.
Early orthodontic care can help your child avoid future issues and treatment is often easier at a younger age. That’s because the teeth aren’t yet fixed in place, so they move around the mouth quicker. Children can often spend less time in braces if they’re treated early.
To determine if your child may need braces, we recommend bringing them in for an examination around the age of seven. We’ll be able to determine if your child will need braces and we can begin early orthodontic treatment around the age of nine.
Making sure your child gets orthodontic treatment as early as possible can make their time in braces easier. Teeth move quicker when you’re younger, so they’ll likely spend less time in braces and you can prevent the need for more expensive procedures later on.