For Children

Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting an orthodontist around age seven.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for Dr. Hershey to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Benefits of early treatment:

  • Corrects and guides the growth of your child's jaw, to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulates the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Creates more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoids the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Corrects thumb sucking and helps to improve minor speech problems

Here are a few things that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • 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 that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for a free evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

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