Orthodontic Problems to Watch for in Young children

Orthodontic problems to watch for in growing children

Children demonstrating malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated below, may benefit from Early (PhaseI) Orthodontic Treatment at Escott Orthodontics.

Crossbite of Front Teeth
Crossbite of Back Teeth
Open Bite
Deep Bite
Oral Habits

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7 – Here’s why…

  • Dr. Escott can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
  • A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, Dr. Escott may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
  • Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
  • In some cases, the we will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Early treatment may give Dr. Escott the chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face

Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.  If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up.  Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, our goal at Escott Orthodontics is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.