Does Your Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Our dentists near Fort Wayne are not only experts in the latest advancements in the field of dentistry, but also have extensive background and training in children’s orthodontics. We understand the countless benefits that come with a child’s orthodontic evaluation in the earlier stages of life. That’s why we follow the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists, which urges all parents to bring their children to be evaluated by a trained orthodontic specialist by age 7.
Keep in mind that early evaluation is not the same thing as early treatment! We take the opportunity to examine your child’s bite and jaw alignment, which allows us to see if there is any preventative treatment that could reduce the severity or expense of treatment after all the adult teeth have erupted. Most parents who bring their child in for an early evaluation leave the office again happy to know that orthodontic treatment can wait – or won’t be needed at all.
Ultimately, only a trained orthodontic specialist can tell for sure if your child would benefit from early treatment, since many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late.
Your Child May Benefit from Early Intervention Treatment
If you notice the following signs in your child, we strongly recommend that you bring your child in for an evaluation:
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Tongue thrusting
- Mouth breathing
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Thumb-sucking or finger-sucking past age 3
- Underbites or crossbites
How Will My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?
We may suggest the use of orthopedic functional appliances for your child. In the case of any speech delays or poor speech issues, we also work with a local speech pathologist to evaluate your child’s mouth development. If we recommend preventative orthodontics near Fort Wayne, early treatment can bring about numerous benefits for your child, such as:
- Reduce or eliminate the need for braces later
- Eliminate the need for adult tooth extractions
- Reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery
- Improve overall facial development
Schedule Your Appointment for Children’s Orthodontics near Fort Wayne, Indiana, Today!
To see if one of our dental specialists can help your child, we invite you to take advantage of our FREE Turtle Town Dental Orthodontic Assessment, which includes an exam, x-rays, and an in-depth consultation – a $275 value, for FREE!
If you’d like to learn more about Turtle Town Dental and our 5-star-rated team, click here or call 260.693.9300 to request your Turtle Town Dental New Patient Special. Your session includes an examination, oral cancer screening, digital x-rays, an in-depth consultation, a complete office tour, and a special gift – all yours for only $29! You can also upgrade to a comprehensive dental cleaning for an additional $79. During your new patient appointment, our experienced dentists and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!
As one of the premier dental practices for children’s orthodontics near Fort Wayne, Indiana, our team at Turtle Town Dental also provides exceptional dental & orthodontic care to pediatric patients from Churubusco, Albion, Columbia City, Avilla, Kendallville, Garrett & Ligonier.