Orthodontics for the Kiddos

When it comes to the best age for starting orthodontic treatment, there’s no magic number and every child is different. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit the orthodontist for the first time at around age seven. This doesn’t mean your child will walk out of our office with a full set of braces. In fact, it’s usually just an observational period. At this age, most kids have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, so we are able to get a good idea of how they’re developing. If problems are spotted, we can diagnose and correct them while your child is still growing without having to resort to surgery or extensive treatment. Schedule a free consultation online or by calling one of our convenient upstate locations.

Early Treatment Helps:

  • Correct and guide your child’s jaw growth to encourage the permanent teeth to come in straight
  • Balance the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the extraction of permanent teeth or the need for surgery later in life
  • Stop habits like thumb sucking and help improve minor speech issues
  • Give your child a beautiful, confident smile

A Few Things to Look For

While the only way to determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment is to pay an orthodontist like Carolina Oaks a visit, there are a few things that could indicate early intervention may be necessary, including:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Prolonged finger or thumb sucking
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced or blocked
  • Popping noises or other sounds when opening or closing the jaw
  • Teeth that come together abnormally or don’t touch at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth after age seven or eight