Dr. Mastroianni treats many children and teens. A beautiful smile is an important part of our young patients’ happiness and confidence. At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we work with our patients to help create smiles that change lives. We have a variety of treatment options available, including clear ceramic braces and Invisalign Teen™. We invite you to visit our practice, or call (618) 288-0600 to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Mastroianni.
It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 8 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. We would always prefer to see someone at a young age and find out no treatment is needed yet, than to meet someone later in life that should have been seen at an early age to begin correcting difficult orthodontic problems.
When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.