Orthodontic problems such as too much crowding, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can often be inherited. In addition, they can be caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.
Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 12, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and sometimes involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Treating a growing child opens more options and treatment modalities as growth can be modified rather than waiting for all growth to cease. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.
If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule a complimentary consultation appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.