Is Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children Necessary?
Early orthodontics for your child at Today’s Orthodontics is NOT about getting braces, but rather, setting them up for good oral health. Your overall oral health is affected by proper alignment and symmetry of your smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation with our pediatric orthodontist in Woodhaven, MI, is not simply for aesthetics but will help guide the development of your child’s jaw and teeth and prevent more serious problems later.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7 – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At Today’s Orthodontics, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child can benefit from early treatment, as certain problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.
Not sure if your child can benefit from an orthodontic evaluation? We can answer any question you may have about the process!
Signs That Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment
It’s important to schedule an appointment with our team if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:
Crowded or misplaced teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting food
Early loss of baby teeth
Finger or thumb sucking
Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?
While you don’t need to rush into getting braces for your young children, multiple oral health issues can be avoided with early screening and treatment, including:
Open bites – when the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more
Injury to protruding teeth
Schedule Your Child’s Free Evaluation with Our Pediatric Orthodontist in Woodhaven, MI
We invite you to schedule your child’s complimentary Today’s Orthodontics Smile Assessment by clicking here to use our convenient online form or by calling 734-454-9200. Regardless of the outcome, after consulting with our team, parents often feel reassured about their child’s overall oral health. They also appreciate having the opportunity to acquire a wealth of information about cutting-edge orthodontic treatment options – for now or in the future. Call us today and let us put your mind at ease!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Woodhaven, MI, our team at Today’s Orthodontics also provides 5-star-rated orthodontic care to children and adults in Canton, Novi, Livonia, Plymouth, Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, Trenton & Brownstown, MI, and surrounding areas.