Treatment for Children
Orthodontic Options for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child’s first visit to the orthodontist be no later than 7 years of age.
Bringing your child for an exam at an earlier age allows us to accomplish several goals.
- Familiarize the patient with an orthodontic office
- Assess spacing / crowding
- Assess skeletal deficiencies or facial imbalances
- Inform you of any current or potential concerns
- Enroll him/her into our free growth monitoring program
Below we have noted several conditions to be aware of. You may click on the bold dental terms and be directed to a picture and description.
- Biting of cheeks or into the roof of the mouth
- Delayed tooth eruption
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Early tooth eruption
- Facial imbalance
- Jaws that shift
- Mouth breathing
- Speech difficulty
- Thumb or finger sucking habit
Expander – An appliance used to make the upper or lower jaw wider.
Functional Appliances – Appliances that produce force to move the teeth and align the jaws.
Habit Appliances – An appliance used to help a patient stop habits or undesirable forces exerted on the teeth.
Interceptive Treatment – Phase I treatment to address specific concerns in an attempt to make future orthodontic treatment quicker and more efficient.
Space Maintenance – An appliance used to hold space for an unerupted permanent tooth after a primary (baby) tooth has been lost prematurely.