Early Orthodontics

The average age of individuals who get braces is between nine and 14, although it is appropriate for younger children to visit Rad Orthodontics for a consultation with Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad. While parents may be concerned about the efficacy of early orthodontics, research suggests that early intervention can prevent greater dental health problems later in life.

What types of conditions require early intervention?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 3.7 million children under the age of 17 receive orthodontic treatment each year. Early intervention may be appropriate for younger children with crooked teeth, jaw misalignment, and other common issues. Early orthodontic treatment may be of use for several types of problems:

Considerations when thinking about early intervention

Early intervention isn’t helpful for all conditions. For example, research suggests that there is little benefit to early orthodontics for Class II malocclusion (commonly known as an overbite). Instead, your child should wait until adolescence to begin treatment. Scheduling a visit to our Bethesda, College Park, or Potomac, MD office when your child is around age seven is a smart way to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses unique orthodontic needs.

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