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Because children are growing rapidly, they can greatly benefit from early orthodontic treatment and children's braces.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see  an orthodontist by the age of seven.  By this time the first permanent incisors and molars have usually come in and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. With early treatment, an orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and the incoming permanent teeth. By regulating the width of the upper and lower dental arches, space can be gained for permanent teeth. This creates many benefits such as reducing the need for permanent tooth extraction and reducing the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth. Early treatment can also correct thumb-sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing. Not only can early treatment can simplify later treatment, but further problems may arise if these problems are not addressed early on.  


Signs your child needs to see an orthodontist:


  • Early or late loss of baby teeth

  • Difficulty biting/chewing food

  • Finger or thumb-sucking

  • Mouth breathing

  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth

  • Front teeth stick out further than the other teeth

  • Teeth that come together abnormally or do not come together at all

  • The jaw is shifted when your child opens or closes their mouth


If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit an orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam and discuss with you the best steps to take for a healthy mouth and the smile they deserve.

Children's Braces at Dobbs Orthodontics


Is your child struggling with uneven teeth, a misaligned bite, or other impacted teeth? These are common concerns, particularly for children, teenagers, and young adults, though people of any age can experience them as well. Fortunately, these dental issues can be resolved by professional teeth straightening treatments.

At Dobbs Orthodontics, we provide a number of teeth straightening options. This includes Invisalign, traditional braces, and surgical intervention. Our team of orthodontic providers works with patients throughout Knoxville, TN, and surrounding cities.

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