Along with the American Association of Orthodontist, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This not only saves you and your child time, but also money.
If you notice any of the following problems, you should schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child:
- Early or late loss of the primary teeth
- Thumb or finger sucking, or any other oral habits
- Difficulty speaking, chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Abnormal bite
- Teeth grinding
- Facial asymmetry
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, Dr. White and Dr. Grube are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.
During your child's initial evaluation Dr. White and Dr. Grube will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed. It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at the time or even at all. However, if treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.
Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; reduce the possibility of tooth extraction; and reduce overall treatment time in braces.
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.