Orthodontics for Children and Teens
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit around age seven.
Your child will have a mix of baby teeth, adult teeth, and spaces- making it easier to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner.
Signs your child may need to see an orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Excessive breathing through mouth, not nose
- Extended thumb or finger sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Popping sounds when opening or closing mouth
- Abnormal teeth alignment
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
With early treatment, an orthodontist can:
- Create space to help your child’s permanent teeth come in straight
- Avoid impacted teeth
- Coordinate the width of upper and lower arches
- Possibly avoid the need to remove permanent teeth later in life
- Improve minor speech problems
- Stop thumb sucking
Treatments applied as your child develop can do wonders to prevent further complications and even stave off problems that would be costly to correct down the road.
Orthodontics for Teens
Orthodontics are a big part of many teenagers lives. Fortunately, there are several treatment options to choose from. The amount of time you want to spend in treatment, your budget, and your comfort level are all factors that will help you and your orthodontist choose the best course of action. Early treatment will set your child up for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Schedule your appointment to learn more about your treatment options.