Q: What are some warning signs for a bad bite that may require orthodontic treatment?
A:There are a number of signs.
- Protruding or bucked upper teeth
- Top teeth behind the bottom teeth
- Baby teeth that are slow to fall out
- Thumb sucking that continues beyond toddler years
- Teeth that are overcrowded
- Teeth that are too widely spaced
- A gap between front teeth
- Teeth that overlap
Q: What is the best age to bring my child in for a first consultation?
A: By recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontics, you should bring your child in for a consultation by the age of seven. Our dentists are able to identify potential problems even while some baby teeth have not fallen out. The earlier you can schedule a consultation, the better. With proper timing, orthodontic treatment can save both time and money.
Q: What benefits are there for early treatment?
A: Your child benefits in a number of ways from early treatment.
- Guiding the growth of the jaw is much easier than altering it later in life
- Early dental work has a lower chance of trauma for protruding front teeth
- Bad oral habits are easier to correct in early childhood, and have less time to cause damage
- An improved appearance early on leads to higher self-esteem and more confidence
- Treatment while teeth are still growing allows permanent teeth to be positioned more easily
- Cosmetic issues with the lips can be corrected