Dr. Shruti Chahal offers orthodontic screenings and orthodontic treatment for children in our Calgary dentist office. From early orthodontic intervention, or phase one treatment, to clear aligners and metal braces, Dr. Chahal can meet the orthodontic needs of your child and create a beautiful, healthy smile.
Why do Children Need Braces?
Having a straight smile is important for your oral health and confidence. If malocclusion is not treated, your child may face a lifetime of oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Often crooked teeth, teeth growing in at an angle, or crowded teeth will make it very hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy. For this reason, most dental professionals will agree that children need an orthodontic treatment if they have theses issues. Aligned teeth will help your child speak and chew normally without discomfort.
Braces for Kids FAQs
When should my child have an orthodontic screening?
We recommend that children be screened around the age of 7, once most permanent teeth are erupting. As a family dentist, Dr. Chahal will monitor the oral development of your child and make recommendations as necessary for dental treatments or orthodontics that will support their best smile long term.
If there are structural concerns with the jaw or tooth crowding, early orthodontic treatment can address these issues and create a more stable foundation for permanent teeth.
Is Invisalign available for children?
Invisalign may be recommended for kids as young as around 10 years of age, but requires more diligence to care for the aligners daily. Invisalign is often an ideal solution for the orthodontic needs of teens who may be self-conscious about wearing braces.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment or phase one orthodontics can be beneficial when there are concerns related to the development of a child’s jaw or tooth placement. Early intervention can often prevent complex problems and set the stage for normal, healthy adult teeth and a beautiful smile.
What is the best age to get braces for kids?
Since all kids grow at different rates, this will depend on your child. However, most kids typically get braces between the ages of 9 and 14. This is usually before puberty. After puberty, it is harder to adjust their teeth and their jaw.
Braces for Kids: What are the options?
When it comes to orthodontic treatment for kids, Dr. Chahal takes a personalized approach to the unique needs of the individual patient. Each young and growing smile is different and each patient has their own specific dental health needs and goals.
Dr. Chahal will screen for oral development concerns and make appropriate recommendations as needed. We offer a full range of orthodontics for children in Calgary and treatment options can include:
For some children, a combination of an oral appliance and braces is required to address dental health and tooth or jaw structure concerns.
Schedule An Orthodontic Consultation
Dr. Chahal welcomes new patients of all ages. During a consult, she will evaluate the needs of your child and discuss treatment options. Contact our Calgary family dentist office to schedule a visit or request an appointment online.