Orthodontics for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist around the age of seven. By then, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Early treatment allows your child’s orthodontist in Chandler to:

-Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight

-Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches

-Create more space for crowded teeth

-Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life

-Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Signs That A Child Might Benefit From Orthodontia 

If you are not sure whether your child needs to see an orthodontist, these are a few things to look for that may mean you should schedule an appointment:

-Early or late loss of baby teeth

-A hard time chewing or biting food

-Mouth breathing

-Finger or thumb-sucking

-Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth

-Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing

-Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all

-Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

-Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

If your child has any of these issues, please contact us to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment will give your child a healthy and confident smile that will last a lifetime.