Get a Head Start on a Beautiful Smile
As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a beautiful, happy smile.
We’ll treat your children like our own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care.
Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7
Many parents are surprised to learn that children should see an orthodontist by the time they’re seven years old.
By this age, your child's teeth have developed enough for us to spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth before your child loses all of their baby teeth.
This first check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine, and braces for kids aren't necessary.
Or, we may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the right time for your child.
The truth is, dental problems related to jaw growth get worse, not better. The best thing you can do to ensure your child gets the treatment they need at the best time is joining our Super WOW! Kid’s Club.
What Is Early Treatment?
Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment when your child is older shorter and less complicated.
In some cases, we’ll achieve results that may not be possible once your child’s face and jaws have finished growing.
Choosing the Best Time for Treatment
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.
If we think your child will need treatment, he’ll let you know the best time to start. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Signs the Bite's Not Right
It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.
Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation.
We can talk about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to your child's needs.