It’s recommended you take your child for their first orthodontic checkup at around age 7. Although your child might not need immediate treatment, planning ahead is an integral part of children's orthodontics and that’s why Keith Crawford, DMD, and the team at Crawford Orthodontic Care offer services for kids of all ages. The team has an extensive background in children’s orthodontics and is ready to help at six convenient locations, in Lithia Springs, Stockbridge, Kennesaw, Duluth, and Norcross, Georgia. Book your child’s visit by calling the office nearest you today.
Yes. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an evaluation at about age 7, even if your child's teeth look completely healthy and normal.
Early orthodontic evaluations are important because the orthodontic team at Crawford Orthodontic Care uses a variety of state-of-the-art evaluation tools to see tooth and jawbone changes that aren't otherwise obvious.
Early children's orthodontics offers many benefits, including:
An early orthodontic evaluation can predict how your child's adult teeth will emerge and whether they're properly positioned. If your child's on track for orthodontic problems as a teen and adult, you can intervene with early treatment and potentially prevent lifelong orthodontic problems.
Statistically speaking, the older you are when you seek orthodontic care, the more likely you are to need complex jaw correction surgery. You can help your child avoid major surgery simply by starting care now.
With childhood orthodontic treatment like two-phase treatment, you can both correct issues and guide growth in an optimal way. In two-phase treatment, your child has two separate treatment periods, with a rest period in between.
Usually, phase one helps your child’s jaw develop correctly and phase two uses braces for optimal teeth positioning. This approach helps your child's teeth erupt in a better position, creates more space for teeth, and regulates the width of their top and bottom arches.
Many kids struggle to quit sucking their thumb and parents often feel completely frustrated with this problem because they know that thumb sucking can lead to tooth problems down the road. But orthodontic treatment using a habit appliance can correct the problem early.
Habit appliances can also improve problems like persistent tongue thrusting. This can help improve minor speech issues, as well.
There's no doubt that childhood orthodontic treatment is beneficial for your child, and it's also great for your finances long-term. It’s always cheaper to prevent problems instead of dealing with them after they’re serious.
Some symptoms to watch out for are:
If you notice these problems before age 7, schedule a visit to Crawford Orthodontic Care. Earlier is always better when it comes to tackling children's orthodontic issues.
Book your child’s evaluation at Crawford Orthodontic Care by phone now.