Parents ask us all the time whether they should have their child evaluated for orthodontic treatment even though they still have baby teeth. Our answer is always YES!
Why do we want to see children even as young as age six?
There are several reasons and here they are:
1. They have a persistent thumb, finger or tongue habit.
These types of habits should be eliminated by the time your child enters kindergarten. If left untreated, they could cause the teeth to be pushed out too far and the jaws to grow in the wrong direction. Furthermore, speech problems as well as eating difficulties are quite common in children with these persistent habits.
2. They have upper teeth that are behind the lower teeth (also called an under bite).
This is a very severe problem that should be treated at a young age while the child is still growing. The upper jaw in these cases is not (more…)