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17Jul2013

Determining If Your Child Will Need Orthodontic Treatment

THE BEST TIME to determine if and when orthodontic treatment is necessary is while your child is young. We recommend an evaluation around age 7. Although orthodontic treatment may not start at such a young age, this evaluation helps us determine if treatment may be necessary and helpful.

During our visit together about this topic, we’ll look for potential bite and and alignment problems.

Some Of The Problems We’ll Look For Include:

1. Buck Teeth. Do the upper front teeth stick too far out?

2. Deep Bite. Do the upper teeth cover the lower teeth?

3. Underbite. Do the upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth?

4. Open Bite. Do only the back teeth touch when biting down?

5. Crowded or overlapped teeth. Do the teeth have too much or too little space?

6. Misaligned front teeth. Do the spaces between the upper two front teeth and lower two front teeth not line up?

7. Crossbite. Do the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth?

Some Issues May Require Immediate Attention

If your child has any of the following problems, orthodontic treatment may be necessary before the age of seven.

  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Abnormal bite development
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Permanent teeth that are coming in crowded or overlapped
  • A thumb sucking problem
  • A teeth grinding problem
  • Issues biting cheeks or biting into the roof of the mouth

There Are Benefits To Early Evaluation

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Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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