Your children’s teeth need to be preserved, even when they are still baby teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist around the age of 7 so that they can be evaluated by a professional that can determine whether or not they need orthodontic treatment.

Early orthodontic treatment is done so that the growth of the jaw can be guided and corrected to fix bite problems. It is also used to make room in the jaw for permanent teeth so that crowding is less likely.

What Causes Orthodontic Problems?

Orthodontic problems can be caused by several things, making crowding, gaps, problems with the jaw, bat bites, and protruding teeth more likely. These issues may be due to injury, genetics, thumb sucking, or losing baby too teeth early or too late.

Children typically have lost all baby teeth by the age of 13, and their jaws will become harder and eventually stop growing. When adults get treatment, it may take longer and involve invasive procedures such as oral surgery or tooth extractions. With early orthodontic treatment, children can get treatment before invasive procedures are needed.

Children can show signs of orthodontic issues around the age of 7. If you notice any issues, contact us and speak with someone that can set up an appointment with one of our dentists. Your child will receive an examination from a dental professional, and you can discuss treatment options for their smile.

Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Children should get orthodontic care as soon as they start displaying signs of orthodontic problems. You should be on the lookout for certain behaviors, including:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Crossbites, or shifting the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
  • Crowding in the front teeth
  • Thumb sucking after the age of 5
  • Protruding teeth
  • Speech impediments
  • Losing baby teeth early or late (before 5, after 13)

If you notice any of these signs in your child, contact us to schedule an appointment with a dentist that can look at your child’s teeth and determine the best course of treatment for their orthodontic care before issues worsen or cause further problems.

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