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 
thumb-sucking habits. 

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.