Growing a mouth of healthy teeth is like growing a child. The earlier you actively guide and shape them—and address any problems you see—the easier the path to a healthy, happy kiddo.
That’s why we’ve had a team of both pediatric dentists and orthodontists working together under one roof for more than 40 years. Often, your dentist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth between the age of 7 and 8, and refer you to a trusted orthodontist for a closer look.
Similar to your child’s skull, which doesn’t fuse into one solid structure until age 2, the upper jaw is made up of multiple bones that remain unfused until teenage years. Permanent teeth crossbite and skeletal orthodontic problems are much more easily corrected before the bones in the mouth merge shut.
Sometimes we refer a younger patient to the orthodontist because he/she may be able to achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have finished developing. These early treatments may include guiding jaw growth, lowering the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, and improving the way the lips meet (your teenager will thank you for that one later!).
Education and prevention are the two most important keys to lifelong dental health. Our ortho and dental teams work closely together to keep you informed—early and often—so that your child can have their best, healthiest smile.