Orthodontics 101: Questions That Moms and Dads Often Ask Us
At What Age Should My Child First See An Orthodontist For Braces?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should get their first orthodontic checkup by the age of seven. Some orthodontists routinely begin treating children at an earlier age. We don’t. Why? Because years of experience and research inform us that most children will not gain anything by having braces and orthodontic treatment before they reach second grade. Infrequently, a family physician asks us to see a younger child to professionally evaluate their little teeth and jaws. But most parents that bring their small kids to our Wellington or Boynton Beach, FL orthodontic offices feel relieved to hear that treatment can wait for a while. If you’re wondering whether your own young child would benefit from seeing our Wellington, FL orthodontist or Boynton Beach, FL orthodontist prior to second grade, please contact us for more information at (561) 795-3055 or visit our contact page. One of our friendly staff members will happily answer any of your questions and schedule a free braces consultation, if that seems best.
Could My Child Have One of These Common Orthodontic Problems?
You’ve probably heard the terms overbite or underbite before. As a kid, you may even have used the term “buck teeth” yourself. We call a person’s perfect bite an “occlusion.” Do you know how often these occur naturally? Almost never! Most children have one or more of the problems listed below to some degree, and it’s definitely not their fault!
Sometimes a child can blame a “bad bite” on their genes. At other times, they may develop one from thumb-sucking, nail-biting, or other childhood habits. Crowded or protruding teeth can also create problems. We call these misalignments “malocclusions,” and we at Petrover Orthodontics fix them to create flawless, lifelong smiles for the kids we see and love. But, left untreated, a child’s malocclusions can lead to more serious problems. We suggest you review the list below. If you observe any of the following, please contact us to set up a free preliminary evaluation!
Crossbite: If your child has a crossbite, their upper teeth sit inside their lower teeth on one side when they bite down. Similar to an underbite, front top teeth can also fall behind lower teeth. Without having treatment, children with crossbites can develop receding gums, TMJ, loose teeth, worn-down tooth enamel and a “crooked” face and jaw.
Crowding: When a child’s mouth does not have enough room for his or her teeth, they begin to crowd together. We can sometimes solve this common problem by removing a tooth or two. At other times, we may be able to fix it simply by expanding the jaws with a small appliance.
Midlines: A dental midline refers to the line between our two upper and lower front teeth. If these four teeth don’t meet just right, a child’s backbite will not match and fit properly. Over time, this will lead to problems with the way their jaws function.
Openbite: We say children have an openbite when their lower and upper front teeth have no overlap. Children who suck their thumbs or continually thrust their tongues against their front teeth are especially prone to developing this common problem.
Overbite: Children with overbites have upper front teeth that extend out over their lower front teeth. This can result in biting or chewing difficulties. A child with a really severe overbite could even feel their lower front teeth biting into the roof of their small mouths.
Protrusion: Children with protruding teeth frequently get teased on the playground. Their upper or lower teeth point too far forward, which affects the way their small jaw functions and the way they look and smile.
Spacing: Children frequently have gaps between their teeth. For baby teeth, this doesn’t present much of a problem. If their secondary teeth grow with gaps between, we can help. For the most part, parents wish us to address the problem so that their children will feel more confident about their appearance.
Underbite: When a child’s lower jaw sticks out and their lower front teeth sit inside the uppers, we refer to it as an underbite.
What Should I Know About Petrover Accelerated Treatment?
Did you know that our staff at Petrover Orthodontics can cut the time you or your child spend in braces by 30 – 50%? This option is available for most of our braces. Learn more about this accelerated treatment to cut your or your child’s time in braces by up to 50% by clicking here!
Get The Smile You've Always Dreamed Of!
Petrover Orthodontics can help you or your loved one achieve a smile that benefits dental health as much as it increases confidence. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice in an orthodontist in Wellington & Boynton Beach, Florida (FL) is the right one. Follow the steps below to start your journey towards the smile you've always dreamed of!
Contact us today for a complimentary consultation for braces or Invisalign at either of our convenient orthodontic offices in Wellington and Boynton Beach, Florida (FL). You will see we offer state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment with a smile to patients in our local community, including: Wellington, FL, Boynton Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Boca Raton, FL, Delray Beach, FL, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Kings Point, FL, Lantana Beach, FL, Lake Worth, FL.