The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children between 6-8 years old see an orthodontist. Some problems are easier to address in earlier stages.
The kinds of problems orthodontists may recommend treating while a child still has some baby teeth include:
Excessively spaced teeth
Very crowded teeth
Open bites - teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
Overbite - lower teeth are completely covered by the top teeth
Underbites – lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth
Crossbites – jaw shifts to one side
Extra or missing teeth
Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth
Contact us for a free consultation for your child. At this consultation, we will do one of the following: recommend no treatment, recommend future treatment once more baby teeth are lost, or recommend immediate treatment for one of the reasons above.
Treatment for these types of problems may be an appliance or a small number of braces on select teeth. Retainers may be indicated to hold the corrections until more permanent teeth erupt.