Early Orthodontic Treatment
You may know that orthodontics relates to treating bite and alignment issues. It is also true that orthodontic treatment can improve aesthetics and help promote correct oral function.
The American Association of Orthodontics has recommended that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they turn seven. Having your child evaluated early by a qualified orthodontist is beneficial to your child’s healthy growth and development.
When you bring your child to us for an evaluation, we can help make sure they are developing properly. We can also provide guidance to ensure better overall oral health. Early orthodontic intervention can make it more probable that your child will have a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
What Will Happen At My Child’s Evaluation?
At the evaluation, we will take a good look at the positioning of your child’s teeth. We will examine front-to-back and side-to side tooth relationships, so we can address any issues that might potentially emerge. We’ll also check to see if your child is going to have issues with overcrowding, gaps, or bite alignment.
Once we have completed the evaluation, we will recommend treatment options for your child if necessary. We can also help educate you on what to watch for at home. If your child does require some type of treatment, we will create a comprehensive, customized orthodontic treatment plan to address any and all needs.
We want to help keep your child’s smile on the right track!
The Evaluation Process
At Carr Orthodontics we use a variety of tools to help us determine whether your child requires treatment. These tools may include a thorough oral exam, x-rays, photos, and other measurements. We will also look at your child’s health history, including oral habits.
Please let us know about any behaviors you have noticed, like thumb or pacifier sucking, nail biting, tongue thrusting, etc. We’ll also talk about good oral hygiene habits and teach your child how to properly brush and floss teeth.
Issues Addressed By Orthodontics
If your child does need a dental appliance or other orthodontia, we can begin treatment right away. For example, we can help create enough room in your child’s mouth for adult teeth, thus avoiding overcrowding or crooked teeth.
Please give us a call to make an appointment for your child, so we can address concerns regarding your child’s dental health.