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Orthodontics for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist as early as age 7. Here is why:

Parents often wonder at what age they should schedule an orthodontics appointment for their children. While many parents are surprised at age 7 being too early, we agree with the American Association of Orthodontists that this early screening is necessary to rule out possible problems that may be much harder to correct later.

Early orthodontics for children helps parents understand if the child’s teeth and jaws are developing normally or if they may need any orthodontic treatment in the future. Orthodontics for children is focused on areas that can be overlooked in a child’s regular visit with family and pediatric dentists. While most kids can start their orthodontic treatment later in life, sometimes an early detection of a problem that is forming can prevent a complicated and costly treatment in the future. Our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth even while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face

Through early orthodontics for children, you’re giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

Problems to Watch for in Growing Children

Crossbite of the front teeth (when top teeth are behind bottom teeth)
Crossbite of the back teeth (when top teeth are to the inside of bottom teeth)
Crowding (when there is not enough space in the jaws for all the teeth to align)
Spacing between teeth (when there is too much space among teeth)
Open bite (front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed)
Deep bite (when teeth have too much vertical overlap)
Protrusion or excessive overjet (when teeth are sticking out too much)
Underbite (when the lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth)

Other problems with development of the teeth, jaws and oral functions

  • Oral habits such as finger/thumb sucking, lip cushioning, nail biting, and tongue thrusting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.


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