We strongly recommend parents bring their kids to an orthodontist by age 7 to review if they will require any specialized orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) extends that invitation to parents all around the nation, and we want people looking for the best orthodontist for children Irvine has available to know they can count on us for their kid’s dental care.

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Early childhood is ideal for starting orthodontic care. We don’t mean to say that young children need traditional braces right away or that every single case requires we cement brackets to their teeth as soon as they walk in. But you can bet that Dr. Justing Hong and the team at our orthodontic office will help your child achieve great results the sooner they come for treatment.

Why is Orthodontics for Children Necessary?

The first permanent molars and incisors will usually erupt around age 7, meaning that cases of crossbites, crowding, and other problems will start to be noticeable, but we’ll have enough time to plan and begin proper orthodontic treatment. When children begin their orthodontic care early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth to achieve ideal results when they reach their ideal position.

Many kids develop orthodontic problems due to genetics and the development of bad habits, such as sucking their thumb or tongue thrusting. Here are some of the most common reasons why you’ll want to bring your kid to a board-certified orthodontist:

  • Jaw Malocclusions.
    • Crossbite,
    • Underbite,
    • Overbite.
  • Tooth alignment problems.
    • Gap Teeth (Diastema),
    • Crooked Teeth,
    • Rotated Teeth.
  • Impacted Teeth.
  • Premature Loss of Baby Teeth.

What Happens During My Child’s First Appointment?

When you bring your child for an appointment with Dr. Hong, you ensure they start receiving the best orthodontic care possible. You won’t have to worry too much about having orthodontic appliances thrown around, as the first visit helps us get a clearer picture of what’s happening with your child’s dental structures.

Furthermore, we’ll limit ourselves to getting advanced imaging to create a record of your kid’s dental health status and perform a full oral examination to determine if the kid is at risk of developing orthodontic problems.

You can also get started with a virtual consultation and take some pictures matching our models. Get more information when you call our office and coordinate a consultation with us.

How Does Orthodontic Care Benefit My Child?

There are several benefits. Some of them are functional, others cosmetic, and even others improve a kid’s psychological development.

Orthodontic treatment is the safest and most efficient way to help your child’s dental development, ensuring proper bite and chewing motions, contributing to clear speech, and helping improve their self-esteem.

Attractive smiles are a bonus for orthodontic treatment, and there’s no denying the positive impact they can have in your kids’ lives. Besides, straight teeth are much easier to keep clean, thus promoting better oral health and avoiding the dangerous effects of tooth decay and gum disease.

Get in Touch With Your Orthodontist in Irvine

We want you to know you’ll get all the help you require to help your kid achieve a beautiful smile. Your kid’s treatment might include braces, aligners, or much more. Get in touch with our office and our team, set an appointment, bring your kid for an orthodontic evaluation, and let your kid’s smile shine!

Frequently Asked Questions

When should kids go to the dentist?

As a general rule, you should take your kids to the dentist as soon as they have their first teeth. There are crucial steps parents should follow about their kids’ dental health that are much easier with the help of a professional dental health specialist.

What should I use to clean my kid’s teeth?

This depends on their age. Parents can use a damp cloth to clean the kids’ gums when the teeth haven’t erupted. Parents should gradually shift to age-appropriate toothpaste as teeth start to come in.

When should you make your child's first orthodontic appointment?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends parents should first bring their children to an orthodontist by age 7. Please bring your child as soon as possible so we can help with their dental development and ensure the best results.

What is the right age for braces?

There is no right age for braces, as each patient is unique. However, the younger the patient, the better the odds of fixing any orthodontic problems in a more efficient and comfortable way.

How do you know if your child needs braces?

Unfortunately, you will only know to ask for braces for your kids when you notice problems with the way permanent teeth erupt. However, if your kid visits an orthodontist from a young age, they can determine if they need specialized help much sooner.