Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a consultation with an orthodontist by age 7.  By this time, most children are in a mixed dentition where they will have both baby and permanent teeth.  While most children do not require treatment at this age, there are times when it is beneficial for the child to have limited treatment to correct either poor skeletal growth patterns, poor bites that can cause damage to the teeth or gums, or severe crowding of the teeth.  Some children may benefit from an early stage of orthodontics to help avoid more serious problems as they get older.

earlySome signs that your child should see an orthodontist:

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • If the top teeth fit on the inside of the bottom teeth in either the front or back
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Finger or thumb habits
  • Mouth breathing
  • If your child has a hard time chewing or biting
  • If the teeth are severely protruded or if the child has difficulty closing their lips together