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Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems. Waiting until the teenage years to correct the imbalances of facial bones can result in a less than ideal profile, the removal of permanent teeth, and can be a contributing factor to TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or jaw joint difficulties.

Advantages of Early Treatment
Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.

The goal of early treatment is to “normalize” growth of the jaw and correct bite problems such as an underbite or crossbite. Correcting these problems will remove dental or skeletal restrictions that may otherwise inhibit the normal growth and development of your child’s jaws. Early treatment also helps to create room for the permanent teeth in the jaws.

Starting the process early does not mean a child will get braces right away. It just means the orthodontist will be able to determine which problems exist and assess the best time to start treatment.

What Should Parents Look For?

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Upper front teeth stick out
  • Lower teeth/jaw forward of upper teeth/jaw
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Finger or thumb-sucking
  • Narrow upper jaw
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.