Is it time to see an orthodontist? At Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, our goal is to meet your child’s needs and your desires while also achieving the highest quality results. Whenever possible, we prefer to treat our patients in one succinct phase of treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter, less complicated, or possibly unnecessary.
While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. In some cases, a problem may exist that can benefit significantly from early treatment. We can diagnose subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while most or all baby teeth are still present. In some cases, we will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
On the other hand, a check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is on the right track. Or, we may identify a developing problem that doesn’t require immediate treatment. Whatever your child’s situation, it is always best to see us before problems emerge.
Early treatment gives us the chance to:
Guide Jaw Growth
Children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment. Our treatment directs the growth and relationship of the upper and lower jaws and develops healthy nasal airways. Leaving such conditions untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces alone.
Guide Permanent Teeth Positioning
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. The presence of the permanent incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles.
Correct Harmful Habits
Early treatment can help control and/or eliminate problems with thumb-sucking, other finger-sucking, and possible speech or swallowing problems.
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