Orthodontics for Children
Children still have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and treat any tooth misalignment that can affect their permanent teeth.
In addition, any jaw problems can be redirected in children due to their potential facial growth, making surgery unlikely as an adult.
Even though, not every child will require "early" treatment, we will schedule follow up visits and I will direct your family to the correct timing for orthodontic treatment depending on your child's individual needs.
Please contact our office for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Early treatment allows Dr. Wiltse to:
- Help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Guide the growth of your child's jaw
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child needs "early" orthodontic treatment.
Here are a few things to look for:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven