Early Child Intervention
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child evaluated at around 7 years old. We see children as young as 6 years old. Assessing tooth eruption, abnormal jaw development, breathing issues, tongue tie, tongue space, tongue posture and many other important factors when evaluating for potential health issues.
Our office will emphasize proper airway evaluation. We do this in every consultation and monitor the airway passage throughout treatment. Regardless of modality (Braces, Invisalign or appliances only) we are extremely mindful in monitoring changes to help our patient breath adequately.
Important Information For All Patients!
TOOTH AND JAW DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT BRACES
A child’s face can tell you a lot about what is happening with their teeth. Mouth breathing causes long-term health problems, crooked teeth, and weak chins.
Three out of four children have under developed jaws due to bad tongue position and habits. Research has shown that these early problems have a negative impact on normal facial growth. Untreated they may develop crooked teeth, a narrow face, pooling under the eyes, a gummy smile, sleep issues, attention deficit, concentration issues, and crooked teeth.
DON’T WAIT until your child is 12. You miss valuable time to initiate growth of the jaws. You may be able to avoid braces. Early intervention is important!
Age 10 – Normal growth pattern, closed mouth breathing
Age 17 – Retruded chin and profile due to open mouth breathing caused by an allergy to a gerbil in the bedroom at age 14
Correcting growth and development of the jaw and tongue at an early age is important for your health of your child!
WHAT WE DO
After proper evaluation, we assess if a patient needs early intervention with minimal invasive appliances to orthopedically develop the jaws. This will allow permanent teeth to erupt naturally into position. We also teach children how to breathe correctly by teaching them special exercises to correct tongue position and oral muscles of the face. This leads to better facial development, broaden arches and nasal breathing.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR CHILD
- Bed Wetting
- Grinding Teeth
- Digestive Issues
- Enlarged Tonsils
- Recessed Chin
- Breathing Issues
- Speech Problems
- Crooked Teeth
- Poor Posture
- Poor Concentration
Before & After Cases
Cayla had traditional orthodontics and came to our office with jaw joint pain. Through our growth orthodontics which took just a few months, we opened her airway, eliminated her pain and gave her a more balanced face and profile.
All cases are actual patients of World Class Dentistry®