Orthodontics in children

Pediatric orthodontics for children from 3 to 6 in the primary dentition or for children from 7 to 11 in the mixed dentition is:

  • an interceptive and preventive orthodontic therapy aiming at an early restoration of a physiological balance of the masticatory, digestive, speech and breathing functions, and at a balance of the bony and dental structures to build facial harmony.
  • a preventive orthodontic therapy for any traumatism a child could experience after a fall or a blow on the anterior teeth.
  • a multidisciplinary orthodontic treatment of  cleft lips and palates involving all kind of specialized teams.

For a given child, the age for starting an orthodontic treatment varies according to the type of problem the child is suffering from.

A first visit can be prompted by prolongated thumb sucking, visceral swallowing, mastication or speech troubles, that can induce deformations in the teeth or jaws positions.

The child is referred by his/her dentist, his/her physician, his/her pediatrist, an ENT specialist, a physiotherapist, a speech therapist, an osteopath, or he/she may come spontaneously, looking for reinsurance about the need of a treatment.