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Pediatric Orthodontics

Early Care, Fantastic Results

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Children commonly need orthodontic help, but it can be difficult for parents to know when their child should see an orthodontist. We’ve seen over time that phase one care (the first part of two-phase treatment) is most effective when administered early during the time when your child’s smile is still developing. That’s why we’d like to provide parents with answers to some very common questions concerning pediatric orthodontics on this page.

Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Care

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should see an orthodontist around the age of seven. By that time, many children will have the combination of baby and adult teeth necessary to make a diagnosis easy.

Some signs that your little one may need pediatric orthodontic care include:

  • Crowded front teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Jaws and teeth not in proportion with the face
  • Losing baby teeth earlier or later than normal

If your child has exhibited one or more of these, consider setting up an appointment with the smile makers at Shirck Orthodontics. Not only will early care help your child's smile develop correctly, it can also prevent problems with bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ (jaw) dysfunction. What's more, when teeth are straight, they're easier to clean, giving your little one extra protection from tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you have more questions about pediatric orthodontics for your child? During an appointment with our team, we can help you understand whether your child will need braces now or in the future. To schedule a FREE consultation, please contact us today.

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