When children are in early childhood, many assume the only treatment they need for their teeth is cleanings and maintenance by their dentist. Around 7 years of age, a child’s first adult teeth will start to come in. You may notice their mouth starting to look overcrowded, crooked teeth or an under or overbite. Don’t assume you can wait until they are in their early teens to see an orthodontic clinic.
It is recommended that children are seen by an orthodontic clinician around age 7 if they are showing signs of orthodontic issues. This will allow the orthodontic clinician to treat any serious concerns like a crossbite, narrow jaw, or protruding teeth that will prevent normal development from progressing. If these issues are identified, then your orthodontic clinician clinician will recommend phase one treatment (or early interceptive treatment) to address any underlying skeletal issues. The chances of correcting overcrowding or a misaligned bite are greater (and treatment is less costly) when orthodontic treatments begin at a younger age. The goal of phase one treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop.
- Signs a child may need early orthodontic treatment:
- Difficulty chewing and biting
- Loss of baby teeth before age five or after age thirteen
- Snoring or breathing through the mouth
- Thumb sucking
- Protruding front and bottom teeth
- Speech impediment
- Teeth do not come together in a normal manner
Dr. Rondeau has a long history of evaluating patients who may be in need of early orthodontic treatment. Since he has treated patients for over 25 years as well as taught and mentored other dentists through his book and seminars, he will be able to determine the best methods of intervention to achieve successful results.
We are happy to discuss the process of early orthodontic treatment with you at our Ontario office, and we hope it can help benefit the children in your lives. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Brock Rondeau and Team Rondeau