If caught early, we can fix crowding, spacing, and bite issues with minimal intervention. If left untreated, children with orthodontic problems may develop more severe issues later on, such as speech impediments, TMJ, and sleep apnea. In severe cases, some patients may require surgery and extractions to fix their bite. To keep the required treatment and costs to a minimum, we strongly encourage you to bring your child in for an evaluation.
In addition, crowded teeth can make it difficult to reach every surface for proper cleaning. Over time, those with orthodontic problems may be more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. To keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy through adulthood, we recommend seeking early orthodontic treatment.
At your child’s first appointment, we will take x-rays and photographs to evaluate the bone structure and development of your child’s teeth. Then, Dr. Durham will complete an oral exam, reviewing your child’s bite for any inconsistencies and spacing issues. We recommend talking to your child about what to expect to help prepare for the first visit.
If you’re ready to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment, contact us today!