At Cronauer & Angelakis Orthodontics we really love all of our patients, but we especially love children! Just like you, we know they are special and have their whole lives ahead of them – and just like you, we would love to play a role in ensuring that their futures are bright & that they will have a lot to smile about growing up.
We also know that kids are sometimes frightened to see doctors, and that parents don’t always know when their child is ready for treatment. We want to assure you that we will treat you, and your children with warmth and kindness, and that you will both have lost your fear of ‘teeth works’ once you have spent some time in our office.
When to get your child to an orthodontist
It’s a good idea to start looking for possible orthodontic issues with your children from as soon as the age of 5. If your child continues sucking his or her thumb after this age, he or she stands a good chance of developing orthodontic problems later. At this age your child should also start losing baby teeth. If it starts happening much sooner or later than that, you should definitely bring her or him to us for assessment.
If your child is around 7 or 8 years old and has crowded front teeth, please let us have a look.
This is also important: you might think it is just a phase when your child continuously breathes through his or her mouth, but this is rarely the case. Remember that when children chronically breathe through their mouths, it may impact on their dental and facial growth. It could also lead to gingivitis (inflamed gums) and halitosis (bad breath).
Lastly: if one or more of the following things apply to your child at any age, make sure you come visit us so that we can help: difficulty chewing and/or biting, speech impediments, teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner (or at all), and cross bites (shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth). Also look out for, and seek help for your child if the child has protruding teeth, e.g. when the top and bottom teeth extend away from each other.
Why your child should see an orthodontist
Orthodontics is not only about teeth looking good! The most important reason to see an Orthodontist is to make sure the bite fits together properly. An incorrect bite can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. It can also lead to chewing and speaking problems, as well as cause headaches.
The sooner you can get your child to us for assessment and treatment, the sooner we can correct whatever problems may exist, and prevent others from happening in the future. We can correct thumb sucking, help to improve minor speech problems, regulate the width of upper and lower arches in the mouth if necessary, create more space for teeth in the event of crowded teeth and avoid the extraction of permanent teeth in the long run. If we detect jaw development problems early, we can guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth to grow straight and beautifully; enhancing your child’s confidence levels and allowing more and bigger smiles.