Early Orthodontics & Braces for Kids in Riverview, FL

A Great Start to a Healthy Smile Begins With Early Orthodontic Care

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Is Your Child a Candidate for Early Orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This assessment determines if early orthodontic treatment is necessary, or if we can simply monitor for future need. Early orthodontics is a phase of care that minimizes the need for more complex treatment down the road. As a Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Matt Ahrens offers precision diagnostics and treatment planning for your family. He also has specific experience in early orthodontic care.

Early Orthodontics Riverview, FL

“We recommend the first early orthodontic evaluation to occur at age seven. We realize orthodontic treatment is a big investment of time and money so it’s important that we discuss the best plan for our young patients.”
Matthew Ahrens DMD

Early Orthodontics Offers a Bright, Healthy Future for Your Child’s Smile

Early Orthodontics Riverview, FL

By the time your child turns seven, the incisors (front teeth) and first permanent molars have most likely erupted. This is an excellent time for us to evaluate their growth pattern, and identify any irregularities. Certain problems like inadequate spacing, an impacted tooth and crossbite are easier and less expensive to treat earlier in life, when the jaw is still forming. Early orthodontic treatment may include limited braces, palatal expansion or wearing a retainer.

What can early orthodontics accomplish?

  • Prevent crowding by creating space for unerupted teeth
  • Create symmetry of the face by guiding jaw growth
  • Minimize the need for tooth extraction
  • Decrease treatment time with braces
  • Reduce future need for more complex treatment

Is Your Child Not Yet Ready for Braces? Let Them Join Our SWAG Crew!

Even if your child does not need early orthodontic care, scheduling a consultation by age seven lets us evaluate for treatment timing. They will be included in our SWAG (SouthShore Watching and Growing) Crew, a special club for kids in this watch-and-wait phase of care! SWAG Crew members receive a cool t-shirt and are included in contests and events here at SouthShore Orthodontics. Members also receive complimentary observation visits every six to 12 months. Such visits allow Dr. Matt to monitor your child’s jaw growth and dental development in these critical years.

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The Proof is in Our Patients

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Abigail's Experience With Dr. Ahrens
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When should my child first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This early assessment allows our orthodontists to identify potential issues, such as overcrowding, misalignment, or bite problems. Early detection can prevent more severe problems later on and lead to shorter treatment times.


Why is early orthodontic evaluation important?

Early detection of orthodontic issues is crucial. Addressing concerns promptly may prevent the need for more invasive procedures later on for your child. It can also lead to shorter overall treatment times and better outcomes. Catching problems early allows our orthodontists to guide proper tooth alignment and jaw development.


What happens during the initial orthodontic assessment?

Our 0rthodontists perform a comprehensive examination during your child’s initial assessment. We will evaluate your child’s dental development, jaw alignment, and bite. X-rays and other diagnostic tools help tailor personalized treatment plans to each child’s specific needs. Parents can discuss any concerns or questions with the orthodontist at this stage.


Are there any concerns about treatment costs?

Parents often wonder about the cost of orthodontic care. It’s essential to discuss financial aspects with the orthodontist during the evaluation. We offer a free introductory consultation for your child. And even if your child does not need early orthodontic care, they can join our SWAG crew and become eligible for complimentary observation visits every six to 12 months.


What if my child loses baby teeth early or late?

Early or late loss of baby teeth can impact the child’s dental development. Our orthodontists assess the timing of tooth loss and its effect on permanent teeth. We may recommend interventions to guide proper alignment and prevent complications.


What if my child has a thumb-sucking habit?

Prolonged thumb-sucking can affect tooth alignment and jaw development. Our orthodontists can provide guidance on breaking the habit and preventing related issues. Early intervention is essential to minimize the impact.


How do I care for my child’s braces or other orthodontic appliances?

Proper oral hygiene is crucial. Regular brushing, flossing, and avoiding sticky or hard foods help maintain braces. Our orthodontists provide specific instructions for care and adjustments during follow-up visits.


What if my child is anxious about orthodontic treatment?

It’s normal for children to feel anxious. Our orthodontists and office staff are trained to create a positive and supportive environment. They explain procedures, answer questions, and help children feel comfortable throughout the treatment process.


Remember that every child’s situation is unique, and personalized treatment plans ensure successful orthodontic care. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask by giving us a call!

Wondering if your child needs braces? Schedule an early orthodontic consultation today!

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