Children’s Orthodontist & Orthodontics in Austin, TX

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Your child is unique, and so is his or her skeletal growth and dental development. The ideal time to begin your child’s treatment with our children’s orthodontist and orthodontics in Austin, TX, is dependent on many factors and often does not correlate with age or the number of baby teeth left in the mouth.

Early diagnosis of orthodontic problems not only gives our Dr. Briggs the best chance of properly timing your child’s treatment but also allows for the highest probability of success in correcting your child’s malocclusion.

Orthodontics is all about timing. Beginning treatment at the proper time period assures the best result with the least amount of time and financial contribution.

When Should I Bring My Child In For His Or Her First Consultation?

7 years old. This is a recommendation by Dr. Briggs and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

Why Do They Need To See An Orthodontist At Such A Young Age?

At 7 years old, the adult 1st molars have erupted. This allows Dr. Briggs to get an initial baseline diagnosis for your child’s bite and skeletal growth pattern. This evaluation allows Dr. Briggs to give you guidance about future treatment needs and timing and identify any interceptive treatment that would prevent bigger problems in the future.

Is Early Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

An orthodontic consultation does not necessitate orthodontic treatment. In fact, most children do not need early orthodontic treatment.

The appropriate time to begin your child’s early interceptive orthodontics will vary depending on the type and severity of their malocclusion, as well as their stage in dental development.

Dr. Briggs believes that early orthodontic treatment should only be administered when absolutely necessary. After a thorough consultation, you deserve and can expect an honest recommendation for timing your child’s treatment.

What Are The Possible Benefits Of Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment For Children?

These are a few of the most common results of interceptive treatment:

  • Enhancing/Influencing jaw growth to establish facial symmetry
  • Reducing the need for removal of permanent (adult) teeth
  • Creating space for unerupted teeth
  • Creating space for crowded and erupting teeth
  • Reducing overbites and correcting underbites
  • Minimizing the risk of trauma to protruding teeth
  • Correcting asymmetrical jaw alignment due to crossbites
  • Reducing the risk of treatment complications and difficulties after growth has stopped

As A Parent, What Are Some Things I Can Look For That Might Indicate A Need For Early Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Finger or thumb-sucking habits
  • Speech impediments
  • Trouble eating or chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Open bite (front teeth do not come together)
  • Protruding teeth
  • Underbite
  • Jaw asymmetry

What Happens If My Child Does Not Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

After the initial consultation, if it is determined that your child does not need any interceptive treatment, he or she will be put on “recall” status at our office. Your child will return for recall appointments every 6-12 months for Dr. Briggs to monitor their growth and dental development.

Visit us at our Austin orthodontic office for a free early evaluation of your child. Most parents who bring their 7 or 8-year-old child to our office leave again with the comfort of knowing that orthodontic treatment can wait. Those who do learn that they need early intervention treatment gain the benefit of avoiding more invasive and expensive treatments later in life. In short, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by visiting Austin Orthodontics today!

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Learn More About Our Children’s Orthodontist & Orthodontics in Austin, TX

To experience our 5-star-rated orthodontic care, schedule your Complimentary Dr. Briggs Foundational Assessment today by calling 512-331-7900 or by clicking here to use our convenient online request form. This assessment covers:

  • Discuss Your Goals
  • Thorough Examination
  • Digital X-Rays & Images
  • Custom Treatment Plan
  • Get Started The Same Day If Dr. Briggs Says You're Ready!

We will take the time to explore your unique needs and answer your questions prior to recommending the next steps. We always provide a straightforward plan with a consultative approach to help you feel comfortable and ready to proceed with treatment. We look forward to meeting you!

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Austin, TX, our orthodontist and team at Austin Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Hutto & Pflugerville, TX & the surrounding areas.