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Pediatric Orthodontist

When should kids see an orthodontist?

While there’s no “right” age to see a pediatric orthodontist for the first time, the American Association of Orthodontics does recommend a consultation around age 7. We agree that this is the best age to seek an orthodontist, as overcrowding, overbites and other alignment problems first start appearing at this age.

When it comes to fixing teeth and jaw alignment issues, catching them sooner means fixing them more easily, which is why many dentists recommend a visit to a pediatric orthodontist. But even if your dentist doesn’t, you’re always welcome to contact us for a complimentary exam.

An orthodontist your kids feel comfortable with

When your child comes in for a complimentary initial visit, they can be nervous about what to expect. It’s our job as pediatric orthodontists to help ensure the exam and our interactions with them are fun, easy and relaxed to minimize any fear. We’ll begin by examining their teeth and jaw to find out what problems—if any—exist. We’ll then work with you to provide options and outline the best course of action. Finally, we will explain to them in terms they can understand what happens next.

Possibilities include:

  • Your child has an issue that needs to be corrected before they lose all their baby teeth—between ages 7-9. We’ll discuss options including braces and other possible treatments.
  • Your child has an issue that can’t be corrected until they have all their permanent teeth—between ages 10-13.
  • Your child has no issues but should come back for a free visit once or twice per year so we can monitor their growth and development as part of our Observation Program.
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9 reasons to consider braces for kids

Regardless of your child’s age, children may need braces for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  1. Baby teeth falling out late or early
  2. Excessive thumb sucking
  3. Problems with chewing
  4. Poor spacing, teeth crowding or teeth appearing in unusual places
  5. Painful or popping/clicking jaws
  6. Jaws out of proportion to your child’s face or each other
  7. Crooked teeth, teeth that don’t meet when biting and other alignment issues
  8. Regular headaches
  9. Problems with breathing, snoring or teeth grinding
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Get a complimentary consultation

Does your child have any of the above issues? Do you have other concerns about their teeth alignment? Need a pediatric orthodontist for your child? Give us a call at (920) 739-2400 to set up a free consultation.

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