Orthodontic Specialists Support Your Child’s Healthy Smile
Our compassionate providers of children’s orthodontics in Gainesville and Chiefland, FL, understand the numerous benefits that come with a child’s early visit to the orthodontist. We encourage you to bring your child for an early dental exam by the age of 1 and no later than age 4 to evaluate their orthodontic needs and facial growth. At Martin Orthodontics, your child’s comfort is our priority, and we strive to make their first orthodontic experience a positive one.
Early Evaluation Doesn’t Always Equal Early Treatment
One of our experienced orthodontists will examine your child’s bite and jaw alignment during their first appointment. This allows us to see if there are any early treatments that could prevent future dental or orthodontic problems.
Parents who bring their child for an early evaluation leave our office happy to know that orthodontic treatment can wait or will not be necessary at all.
Signs Your Child May Need Early Treatment
Only an experienced orthodontist can determine if your child would benefit from early treatment, as some problems may not be outwardly visible until it is too late. If you observe any of the following signs in your child, we recommend that you bring your child to our orthodontist:
- Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Mouth breathing
- Trouble speaking
- Teeth that protrude
- Unevenly spaced or crowded teeth
- Thumb-sucking or finger-sucking after age three
- Trouble sleeping?
- Being picked on at school
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
If preventive orthodontics is recommended, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child. Depending on your child’s case, this can include devices such as braces and palate expanders. Here are some ways that orthodontic intervention can help your child:
- Preserve space for teeth that have not yet erupted
- Reduce the need for adult tooth extractions
- Reduce overall treatment time
- Reduce the possible need for braces or jaw surgery
- Improve overall facial development and symmetry
Even if preventive orthodontics is not recommended during early evaluation, it gives us the chance to monitor your child’s growth and determine the ideal time to employ braces or other treatments after all their teeth have erupted.
Schedule an Early Evaluation for Children’s Orthodontics in Gainesville & Chiefland, FL, Today!
To experience our award-winning orthodontic care, schedule your FREE Martin Orthodontic Assessment today. Your comprehensive appointment includes a discussion of your goals and concerns, a complete oral exam, 3D x-rays, and a personalized treatment plan.
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Gainesville & Chiefland, FL, our doctors and team at Martin Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Jonesville, FL & the surrounding areas.