Orthodontic Solutions For Children as Young as 4 Years Old
You might think that five years old is too young to think about orthodontics for your child, but it’s actually the perfect time. At this age, your child is a good candidate for holistic orthodontic treatments. Holistic orthodontic treatments aid with correct jaw development to help reduce or prevent crooked, gapped, crowded, and misaligned teeth. Holistic orthodontics can prevent the need for future orthodontic treatments like braces, or they can simplify and shorten the length of future orthodontic treatments if they’re needed.
When you choose holistic orthodontics, your child will experience several benefits including:
- Prevent breathing issues and sleep disorders
- Reduce or eliminate the need for extractions
- Promote facial symmetry growth
- Reduce or eliminate malocclusions
- Prevent the need for jaw surgery
- Improve or prevent speech problems
- Correct oral habits
- Simplify or prevent the need for future orthodontic treatments
We offer a few different holistic orthodontic treatments for children such as the following.
Biobloc Appliance Therapy
These removable orthodontic appliances are made of hard acrylic and wire(s) and are worn full time, often with brackets on the front teeth. Biobloc guides the natural growth of the face to prevent mal-development. To accomplish this, the appliance corrects the three planes of space in the upper jaw (more forward, wider, and up to where it belongs) and also brings the lower jaw forward. This is the only treatment outside of jaw surgery that can accomplish the same results. With both jaws forward, it’s shown to improve the airway and provide children with correct oral posture. Biobloc also corrects the underlying problems that cause crooked teeth.
Myobrace is a holistic orthodontic appliance we recommend for ages 5 through 15. With only one hour of wear required per day and during sleep, it can address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. Wearing Myobrace encourages correct growth and jaw development. This is the perfect solution for parents searching for a holistic treatment that has minimal disruption to daily life.
Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF)
The last type of orthodontic treatment we recommend for children is Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) Appliance. This appliance also promotes correct jaw growth, oral posture, facial symmetry, airway development, and facial growth. An ALF appliance uses wires and is a nearly invisible appliance. It’s worn full time for the period recommended by our dentists with potential adjustments.