Your Child Deserves a Great Smile
As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a great smile. At Bluebird Orthodontics, our goal is to treat your children as if they were our own, by providing them with the best possible orthodontic care.
All Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By Age 7
To have a smile that's long-lasting and healthy, your child needs teeth and jaws that are aligned correctly - in other words, a healthy bite. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.
By then, your child's teeth have developed enough for subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth to still be spotted while some baby teeth are still present. This check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine and braces aren't necessary.
Or, Dr. Frank may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for your child. In other cases, Dr. Frank might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
- We offer the following early treatment options:
- Upper or lower expander to widen your child’s jaws.
- Limited braces to correct specific urgent problems
- Retainers to move 1-2 teeth
- Functional appliances to correct underbite or overbite
Choosing the Best Time for Treatment
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are treated early.
If Dr. Frank thinks your child will need treatment, he let you know when it will be best to begin treatment. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
Signs the Bite's Not Right
It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.
Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation. We'd love to discuss your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan that is customized to your child's needs and desires.