Children's teeth come in in phases and then fall out in phases. Trips to your kids' dentist shouldn't be put off just because the baby, or primary, teeth are all you can see—in fact, a visit with a pediatric orthodontist early on can help give your child a healthy, beautiful smile.
Here are some of the dental development stages that your child will go through and how they relate to orthodontics:
- From about six months to six years of age, your child will only have baby teeth. These primary teeth erupt in stages, and usually by your little one's second birthday, they will have all come in. Usually around the time your child goes to kindergarten, his or her baby teeth will start to loosen and fall out, sometimes in groups like they came in.
- Generally, baby teeth fall out and adult teeth grow in between ages 6 and 12. This time period is called mixed dentition, because both primary and adult teeth are present in the mouth. Evaluation by a pediatric orthodontist should take place during this time, and often, beginning orthodontic treatment during this time period can shorten treatment time and can make later orthodontic treatments easier.
- After age 12, all adult teeth should be in. Braces can still be effective at this point, and many kids who started orthodontic treatment early move to the second stage of their treatment after all of their adult teeth have erupted. If your child has a small mouth, then your pediatric orthodontist will be able to make room for molars before they come in, preventing those teeth from damaging the orthodontic work that has already been done and creating the need for braces again.
If you are looking for a kids' dentist or pediatric orthodontist, then come to Best Kids Dentist. Call us at (718) 491-5300 to schedule your appointment with one of our skilled pediatric dentists.