The Kid's Dentist - Orthodontics
Dr. Willis is Board Certified by the American Orthodontic Society and are also, a Fellow, American Orthodontic Society and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Is your child in need of a Orthodontic Evaluation?
Some children as early as 5 or 6 years of age may benefit from an orthodontic evaluation. In some cases, your orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. For those patients who have clear indications for early orthodontic intervention, early treatment gives your orthodontist the chance to:
* Guide jaw growth
* Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
* Correct harmful oral habits
* Improve appearance and self-esteem
* Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
* Improve the way lips meet
Itís not always easy for parents to tell if their child has an orthodontic problem. Here are some signs or habits that may indicate the need for an orthodontic examination:
* Early or late loss of baby teeth
* Difficulty in chewing or biting
* Mouth breathing
* Thumb sucking
* Finger sucking
* Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
* Jaws that shift or make sounds
* Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
* Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
* Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
If any of these problems are noted by parents, regardless of age, it is advisable to consult an orthodontist. It is not necessary to wait until age 7 for an orthodontic check-up.