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Orthodontists specialize in correcting jaw irregularities and teeth misalignments, often rooted in genetics or developed through childhood habits. To address these issues effectively, it’s recommended that children be assessed by an orthodontist by age seven, with those exhibiting noticeable facial irregularities possibly needing evaluation even sooner.

Identifying Orthodontic Issues

Early detection through an orthodontic check-up can identify issues not obvious to the untrained eye, enabling the development of effective treatment plans. Signs indicating potential orthodontic problems include:

  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Jaw noises or shifting
  • Facial asymmetry from disproportionate jaws
  • Persistent thumb or finger sucking
  • Misaligned bite

Common Orthodontic Problems in Children

Children frequently face issues like overcrowding, jaw growth anomalies, protruding teeth, and gaps. These can be hereditary or caused by factors like poor nutrition, dental hygiene, medical conditions, habits like thumb-sucking, mouth breathing, or abnormal loss of baby teeth.

How Orthodontists Assist Children 

Orthodontists adopt various strategies tailored to each child’s needs. Some conditions are monitored until the optimal time for treatment based on the individual’s unique diagnosis. Early treatment can significantly reduce the need for more extensive future interventions by correcting harmful habits, guiding jaw growth, improving child confidence, and minimizing the risk of injury from protruding teeth.
If you have any questions about your child’s need for an orthodontic visit, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.


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