Santee Orthodontist

Child Orthodontics

The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. Early detection of potential orthodontic issues gives your child a better chance for natural and normal tooth development. Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment.


Early Orthodontic Treatment

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Even if orthodontic intervention is not necessary at the time, Dr. Buzzell can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age seven considered the optimal time for orthodontic screening?

By the age of seven, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Buzzell can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships to determine a plan for orthodontic treatment if necessary.

Is my child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of a child’s smile – orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

If left untreated, malocclusions can result in a variety of problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, chipping and speech impediments. In other words, orthodontics doesn’t just make a pretty smile, it creates a healthier child!

What is interceptive orthodontic treatment, and what are the advantages?

Interceptive orthodontics simply means diagnosing and treating malocclusions as soon as they are detected to treat immediate problems and prevent future issues. Orthodontic treatment done in this way creates room for crowded, erupting teeth, creates facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth, reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserves space for unerupted teeth, reduces the need for tooth removal and reduces overall treatment time with braces.


Studies have shown that people who have straight teeth are more likely to smile more,
leading to greater self-esteem!