Children Orthodontics

Early orthodontic care holds a pivotal role in ensuring your child’s oral well-being. It can help create healthy foundations for a proper dental growth and development. Correctly aligned teeth facilitate efficient biting and chewing while cultivating a confident, healthy smile that stands the test of time.

Unlocking Early Check-Up

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advocates a first orthodontic check-up by age 7, a phase characterized by mixed baby and permanent teeth. This assessment empowers orthodontists with valuable insights. Early detection enables personalized recommendations and estimates treatment duration, ensuring timely intervention.

Proactive Approach

For children under 7 exhibiting concerns, don’t wait for a dentist’s referral. If something appears amiss, consult an orthodontist to address the issue promptly.

Recognizing Signs for Care

Early indicators that prompt orthodontic assessment:

  • Baby Teeth Timing: Premature or delayed loss of baby teeth can impact permanent teeth.
  • Chewing Issues: Discomfort while eating signifies potential orthodontic problems.
  • Mouth Breathing: Unaddressed, it can lead to orthodontic complications.
  • Jaw Shifts/Clicking: Improper bite alignment can cause jaw discomfort and dental issues.
  • Cheek Biting: Frequent cheek biting may indicate crossbite or related issues.
  • Facial Balance: Teeth and jaws influence facial features – orthodontists assess this harmony.
  • Oral Habits: Thumb sucking, nail biting, lip sucking can significantly affect the oral balance and development.

The First Exam

Early evaluation by age 7 identifies orthodontic problems (also known as “malocclusions”) in their nascent stages. The initial assessment typically covers:

  • Problem Identification: Pinpointing orthodontic issues.
  • Treatment Options: Exploring corrective paths.
  • Tooth Extraction Possibility: Addressing potential needs.
  • Treatment Duration: Estimating recommended course length.
  • Financial Insights: Understanding treatment costs.

Your path to the perfect smile begins with ShoreSmiles Orthodontics. Consult with Dr Veronica Toro to determine the best treatment for your individual needs.