To have a properly aligned smile and jaw, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.
By this time, most children will have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, making it easier for orthodontists like Dr. Clauss to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems before they have the chance to become more severe. The first checkup can also tell if your child's bite showing signs necessary for braces.
Signs Your Child's Bite's Not Right
Outward appearances can be deceptive. As a parent, it's not always easy to determine if your child may need orthodontic treatment just by observing them.
Some things to look out for that may indicate your child needs to see an orthodontist are:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Some children need early treatment.
Early, or interceptive, treatment with us will allow us to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Help avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct bad habits like thumb sucking
- Help improve minor speech problems
Clauss Orthodontics offers free initial consultations, so schedule an appointment for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now means a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.