Upstate Orthodontics

Orthodontics for Kids

When it comes to the best age for starting orthodontic treatment, there isn’t a set age. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This doesn’t mean that your child will be ready for braces at this time. In fact, it’s usually just an observation period, which allows Dr. McInnis to monitor your child’s dental development. At this age, most kids have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, which gives him a good perception of how they’re developing.

Treating certain problems that Dr. McInnis identifies, at an early stage can minimize the risk for oral surgery or extensive treatment later on. Bone tissue in children is much softer which makes it easier to change jaw structure and move teeth. Call one of our conveniently located offices to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Benefits from Early Treatment:

  • Corrects and guides your child’s jaw growth to encourage the permanent teeth to come in straight
  • Creates space for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reduces the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Preserves needed space for permanent teeth
  • Balances the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Reduces the risk of extraction of permanent teeth or the need for surgery later in life
  • Stops habits like thumb sucking
  • Reduces future orthodontic treatment
  • Gives your child a beautiful, confident smile

Things to look for:

Your child would benefit from our complimentary consultation if you notice any of the following conditions:

  • Premature or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food Inadequate space for permanent teeth to emerge
  • Crossbite, underbite, or overbite
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced or blocked
  • Teeth that come together abnormally or don’t touch at all
  • Speech impediments
  • Thumb sucking, nail biting or Tongue Thrust
  • Oral damage from injury

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