Orthodontist For Children in Jackson MS
Early Treatment of Orthodontic Issues is Crucial
In order to make sure that children get the necessary orthodontic care, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children should receive their first orthodontic screening before the age of 7. At this age, potential future issues can be identified, correcting them before they turn into serious problems that are difficult to treat. Treating issues before they develop makes the treatment much less complicated and will end up saving you a lot of money in the long-term as orthognathic surgery can be costly.
Considering that a young child’s teeth have not completely grown in at this age, early treatment will ensure the best possible outcome. Our orthodontic specialists are able to evaluate the relationship between the teeth and address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Children’s Orthodontist — Signs That Your Child Needs Early Treatment
The only way to know if your child needs orthodontic treatment is by having them examined by an orthodontist. If one of the following signs are present, you might want to schedule a check-up:
- Your child is losing their baby teeth later or earlier than normal
- Breathing through their mouth instead of their nose
- Excessive snoring/problems sleeping
- Displaying problems speaking
- An issue biting down
- Crowded teeth
- Jaw clicking or shifting when opening their mouth
- Thumb or Lip Sucking
- Crossbite: results in a bite shift which could result in a facial asymmetry if waiting beyond age of 10
If you bring your child to one of our specialists for an evaluation, it might turn out that he or she has one or more problems with their teeth, jaw or gums. Take a look at some of the most common problems that are identified at this stage in young children:
These three problems refer to an issue with the way that the upper teeth fit onto the lower teeth. An overbite, more commonly referred to as “buck teeth,” occurs when the upper teeth are protruding too far out from the lower teeth. The underbite refers to the opposite — when the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw. On the other hand, a crossbite is a malformation where the upper teeth come down straight onto the lower teeth, not slightly in front, as they should.
- Crowding of teeth
Crowding appears when there is insufficient space for all teeth to fit into the jaws. When your child has crowded teeth, they usually appear twisted and unaligned in comparison to other teeth.
- Open bite
An open bite occurs when there is a space where the top and bottom teeth do not meet when your child bites down.
- Midline misalignment
If your child has midline misalignment, the middle of his or her upper front teeth does not align with the middle of their lower front teeth.
If we identify one of the aforementioned problems in your child, we will recommend a customized plan to treat and correct the issue on time. This will allow your child to have a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Innovative and Effective Orthodontist For Children
Since orthodontics have changed so much over the past few decades, a range of options are now available that will be able to correct your child’s teeth without resorting to orthodontic appliances. We now offer a range of different painless and virtually invisible correction options that are guaranteed to provide the optimal experience for your child. Take a look at some of the benefits of early treatment in children:
- Correcting bad habits such as tongue-thrusting
- Improving your child’s appearance and enhancing his or her self-esteem
- Correcting issues with your child’s teeth before they become a major issue
- Improving the alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws early on
- Minimizing the possibility of extractions
If you are interested in finding out more about our orthodontic treatments, about our early detection techniques or the different options we have at our disposal to resolve your child’s problem, feel free to contact one of our specialists at Sandifer Orthodontics for more information. We would be happy to take a look at your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw position in order to determine whether they have an orthodontic issue that can be resolved at this stage of their development. In our years of experience, we have dealt with a range of different issues so we would be more than happy to help you invest in a beautiful, healthy smile for your child. Don’t hesitate to call us today at 601-981-5004 for a free consultation.
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