Orthodontics For Children + Adolescents
As an orthodontist, Dr. Parker can improve smiles at any age, but there are distinct benefits to early diagnoses. The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Parker recommend having an initial orthodontic examination at seven years old to evaluate any developing conditions. Dr. Parker can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth even while some baby teeth are still present, and early orthodontic treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing in the future. Early treatment can also make treatment at an older age less complicated.
Early treatment can give Dr. Parker the chance to:
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
An early orthodontic evaluation will help you give your child the best opportunity for a beautiful and healthy smile.
Problems to Watch for in Children
Malocclusions (bad bites) like those shown below may benefit from early diagnosis and a full orthodontic evaluation by Dr. Parker. If you notice any of these problems in your child, call our office to schedule an orthodontic evaluation.
Crossbite of front teeth
Top teeth are behind bottom teeth
Crossbite of back teeth
Top teeth are to the inside of the bottom teeth
Tooth "blocked out"
Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed
Top teeth are too far forward
Top teeth cover the bottom teeth too far
The lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed
Sucking on thumb or fingers