Orthodontics for Children
There is no magical age to begin orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening before the age of 7. At this age, children typically have mixed dentition (some baby teeth combined with some adult teeth. This mixed dentition allows the orthodontist to diagnose any tooth or jaw problems sooner.
Early treatment allows.
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions and other invasive procedures later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
It is tricky for the untrained eye to determine if a child needs orthodontic treatment. Take a look at this list that mentions the most common signs that your child should see an orthodontist as soon as possible:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or impacted teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
To schedule a complimentary orthodontic screening for your child, please call us.