Children's Orthodontics

Cedar Park Orthodontics

Steve Snodell, DDS, MS

Orthodontics located in Cedar Park, TX

Children’s orthodontics, also called phase one orthodontics, can save you and your child the time and money of extensive orthodontic treatments in the future. At Cedar Park Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, and his team provide orthodontic evaluations for children starting around the age seven and can coordinate their orthodontic care with their natural growth and development. To find out if your child could benefit from children’s orthodontics, call Cedar Park Orthodontics, or book an appointment online today.

Children's Orthodontics Q & A

What are children’s orthodontics?

Children’s orthodontics are orthodontic treatments and services that work in conjunction with your child’s natural development. By taking part in children’s orthodontics, your child can avoid the need for more extensive orthodontic treatments and even surgeries later in adolescence or adulthood. 

Children’s orthodontics, also called phase one orthodontics, can involve multiple steps. In some cases, children need one or more teeth pulled to make room for their adult teeth, which will come in later. In other cases, children require the use of orthodontic appliances to guide their jaw growth and development. 

At Cedar Park Orthodontics, Dr. Snodell and his team might recommend a device called a Herbst appliance. It can help your child avoid the need for headgear or a tooth extraction in some cases. Your child wears the appliance to prevent their lower jaw from moving backward, and their upper jaw from jutting forward, as they grow. 

What goes into the planning for children’s orthodontics?

Children’s orthodontics requires careful planning with high-tech imaging. At Cedar Park Orthodontics, Dr. Snodell assesses your child’s teeth and jaw using the iTero® digital laser scanner. 

The images help him design an orthodontic device that fits comfortably in your child’s mouth. You should also plan regular appointments for your child so that Dr. Snodell and his team can monitor their development and make sure they develop healthy and aligned adult teeth. 

What are some signs that indicate my child’s need for orthodontics?

Every child should start attending dental appointments around age two. During these appointments, a dentist might encourage you to book a children’s orthodontics consultation. Make sure to book an orthodontic consultation for phase one orthodontics around the time your child turns seven.

There are a few possible signs that your child needs orthodontic care. These include:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Facial imbalance
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Early loss of teeth
  • Late loss of teeth
  • Trouble chewing or biting
  • Certain speech impediments
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

If you notice any of these issues, be sure to bring them up with Dr. Snodell during your initial consultation. Fixing these issues with early orthodontics can boost your child’s self-esteem and give you peace of mind about their development.

To learn more about children’s orthodontics and find out if your child could benefit, call Cedar Park Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.