Kids Early Orthodontics
Here at Avid Dental, our Orthodontic Specialist, Dr. Meena Goel, offers
early orthodontic care for children. By treating your child’s problems
early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future
treatment. Dr. Goel can get your child’s smile off to a healthy start by
treating your child early! Parents want the best for their children;
straight teeth, properly sized jaws, straight profiles and beautiful smiles.
75% of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment, yet 90% of a child’s face
has already developed by that age! Here at Avid Dental, Dr. Goel guides
your child’s facial development early with functional appliances. Up to 80%
of your child’s treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are
Many children who need orthodontic treatment due to a bad bite have
underdeveloped lower jaws. Dr. Goel utilizes functional appliances which
can reposition the lower jaw forward, improve your child’s profile and
correct the bite problem within 7 to 9 months!
Why are functional appliances so important?
Dr. Goel utilizes functional appliances which can help correct and can
often prevent: Bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, narrow arches, crowded
teeth, deep overbites, jaw joint problems, airway problems and
Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have
unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:
• Headaches and neck pain
• Dizziness and fainting
• Earaches or ringing in the ears
• Clicking and locking jaws, or difficulty opening jaws
Deep overbites and receding lower jaws may cause earaches, stuffiness or
ringing in the ears. If infection has been ruled out, functional appliances
can eliminate these symptoms effectively.
Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems
such as poor sleep habits. This can leave children prone to daytime
fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches. Mouth
breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. By using
functional appliances while children are actively growing, Dr. Goel and her
team here can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile and prevent many
Due to the fact that younger children between the ages of 8 and 11 are
often much more cooperative than children between the ages of 12 to 14, the
use of functional appliances becomes very smart! As well, early phase one
treatment with functional appliances will probably mean that your child
will need to wear fixed braces on their adult teeth for less time.
Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. Developing the arches at an
early age may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth and
often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth. Narrow jaws can
confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Functional appliances
help ensure proper growth and greatly enhance your child’s ability to speak
Dr. Goel and her Avid Dental team’s early use of functional appliances can
prevent or eliminate the need for the removal of adult teeth and lengthy
use of braces, speech difficulties and crowding.
Early phase one treatment with functional appliances, (ages 5 to 12),
should be initiated for habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking,
a constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils, mouth breathing or
snoring problems, a bad bite or narrow or underdeveloped jaws. Dr. Goel
suggests that it is critical to correct any functional or jaw problems as
soon as they are diagnosed. During phase two, (ages 12 to 14), your child’s
teeth are straightened with braces, which usually take about 1½ to 2 years.
A functional appliance may provide your child with improved appearance and
speech. Dr. Goel and her team of professionals here at Avid Dental take
great pride in helping children to have the healthiest most beautiful smile
possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with one of
our Avid Dental team members.