Why are kids getting orthodontics earlier?

Great questions. Orthodontic malocclusion come in many different types. When a child has an orthodontic issue related to their jaw development,  it’s usually best to start management when there it plenty of growth remaining.

Think of your child’s mouth in three dimensions (width, height, depth):

– Width issues include posterior crossbites and narrow palates.
– Height issue can include deep overbites and open bites.
– Depth includes underbites and large overjets.
These issues usually benefit from ‘early’ treatment.  Your child will enjoy a better and more stable long-term result with managing at the appropriate growth stage.  Appropriate timing will also often avoid extractions later.

Other factors include:

– Habits (like thumb sucking) once permanent teeth starting coming in, habit cessation should not be delayed.
– Traumatic occlusion and gum injuries
– Teeth position can also contribute this and is easy to fix.
– Finally, sometimes short and simple orthodontic treatments can significantly improve a child’s smile and boost their self-confidence.
At Stellar Kids Dentistry, we are pros at assessing and monitoring your child’s growth and development.  Click here to schedule an appointment and we would love to chat!
– Paul Kahlon, DMD


4420 106th St. SW
Mukilteo, WA 98275
T: (425) 341-7827
E: mukilteo@stellarkids.com


111 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. D
Everett, WA 98208
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13209 44th Ave SE, Ste. 101
Mill Creek, WA 98012
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E: millcreek@stellarkids.com

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