For Children

ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN

Early orthodontic treatment is primarily used to prevent and correct bite irregularities that could be caused by genetic factors, the loss of baby teeth, and poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit the orthodontist around age seven.

HOW EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT CAN HELP YOUR CHILD:

  • Enhance self-confidence and aesthetic appearance
  • Increase likelihood of proper jaw growth
  • Create space for crowded teeth and monitor permanent teeth as they grow
  • Correct thumb sucking and improve speech problems
  • Reduce risk of childhood cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth decay
  • Prevent future permanent tooth extractions

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT MAY MEAN YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO SEE AN ORTHODONTIST:

  • Loses baby teeth early or late
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Breathes through their mouth
  • Sucks their thumb
  • Has crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws appear too far forward or back
  • Jaws pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth and jaws are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Bites the cheek or the roof of their mouth
  • Teeth meet abnormally or not at all

If your child matches any of these symptoms, please contact us to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment is crucial in maintaining long-term oral health.

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