Because children are growing rapidly, they can greatly benefit from early orthodontic treatment. 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.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:
Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty biting/chewing food
Finger or thumb-sucking
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.
1516 Coleman Road
Knoxville, TN 37909 map
HOURS OF OPERATION:
M 8:00 - 12 (Staff Only)
T-Thurs 8:00 - 5:00
F 7:30 - 3:00