A Head Start to a Great Start

As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a warm and beautiful smile.

What Is Early Treatment?

Early treatment can prevent or intercept more serious problems before they develop, and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Davis can sometimes achieve results that may not be possible once your child’s face and jaws have finished growing.

Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7

For a smile that’s long-lasting and healthy, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned – in other words, a healthy bite.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up by no later than age seven.

Most children have developed enough for subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth to be clear before all baby teeth have grown in.

This check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine and braces aren’t necessary at this time.

Alternatively, Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Davis may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development.

We would then be able to begin treatment at the optimal time for your child.

In other cases, Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Davis might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

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’re treated early.

If Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Davis think your child will need treatment in the future, they’ll let you know the best time 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
  • Thumb-sucking
  • 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
Girl with braces looking in mirror

Learn More at Your Free Exam

If your child has a dental issue, schedule their free exam at Davis & Goldberg Orthodontics.

We'd love to discuss your child's orthodontic options and develop a customized treatment plan for your child's needs and desires.