Get a Head Start on a Beautiful Smile
As a parent in Lake Jackson, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.
Dr. McGrory and our team will treat your children like our own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care.
Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7
According to the American Association of Orthodontics and Dr. McGrory, it's best for children to see an orthodontist by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and to determine when the best time is for that patient to be treated.
The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be effectively evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and guide incoming permanent teeth.
What Is 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, Dr. McGrory will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Early treatment can regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, in some cases, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment!
Choosing the Best Time for Treatment
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they're treated early.
Most adolescents are ready for orthodontic care when the last few baby teeth are coming out and they are close to their growth spurt. The ideal timing depends on each individual's growth pattern, so visiting us early can insure that treatment begins at the ideal time for your child.
If Dr. McGrory believes your child will need treatment, he'll let you know when it will be best to begin. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Signs the Bite's Not Right
It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem with their bite.
Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation at our Lake Jackson office.
We would be happy to talk more about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to their unique needs!