Orthodontist in Lawrenceville

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Early Orthodontic Treatment in Lawrenceville

Correcting & Preventing Dental Problems with Early Intervention

Many parents ask us why early intervention or early orthodontic treatment is different or more beneficial than simply waiting until the child is older to determine if they need braces. With 20 years of experience in the field, we have seen how beneficial it can be to address orthodontic issues early on. At Raglin Orthodontics, we recommend bringing your child in for a consultation around the age of seven or eight. At this age, we will be able to fully evaluate their oral health to determine if they will need orthodontic treatment.

To learn more about our treatment options for young children, please feel free to call us at (770) 629-9216 to make an appointment.

The Phases of Orthodontic Care

Early treatment (commonly known as Phase One) begins around the age of seven, while Phase Two typically begins at age 11 or older. The purpose of this early treatment is to start correcting certain bite problems and jaw growth issues as they develop. Additionally, early treatment helps ensure there is enough room for all of your child's permanent teeth to come in without any issues. This can help reduce the chances that your child will need teeth extractions or possibly even braces.

A few signs that your child may be a candidate for early treatment include:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Early/late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty biting
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Teeth don't come together
  • Protruding teeth
  • Speech impediments
  • Crossbites
  • Crowded front teeth

    If you are unsure of whether your child needs treatment, it is always wise to talk to a skilled Lawrenceville orthodontist. The team at Raglin Orthodontics can advise you on the best course of action to protect your child's oral health.

    The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

    You may be wondering if you can just put off early orthodontic treatment and wait until your child is a bit older. However, early orthodontic treatment helps move the bones in your child's mouth while they're still growing and malleable.

    Some of the other advantages of early orthodontic treatment include:

    • It ensures that the permanent teeth coming through will be properly aligned, which helps with proper oral health
    • It helps prevent habits that are hazardous to a child's oral health, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which helps avoid damage to a child's jaw growth pattern
    • It helps improve your child's confidence, as good oral health and straight teeth help produce confident smiles
    • It helps prevent crowded teeth and weaker gums, which also helps prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease
    • It helps align protruding teeth properly, decreasing the risk of any damage to them
    • It treats underbites, overbites, or crossbites that can lead to jaw pain and dysfunction
    • It expands the jaw to make room for the teeth to erupt through the gum, guiding the placement of permanent teeth coming through
    • It improves facial symmetry by correcting crooked and/or misaligned teeth
    • It reduces the risk of chipped teeth by correcting protruding teeth issues
    • It aids in palatal expansion, which helps prevent crooked teeth or teeth that don't erupt at all

    Discuss Your Child's Dental Development

    If you believe that your child may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment, we're here to discuss your concerns. We truly care about our patients and are dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible. Our team will take the time to get to know you and understand your family's orthodontic needs. When you and your child come into our office, we hope that you will feel as comfortable as possible. Let us help your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

    If you’re interested in learning more about our Lawrenceville orthodontic care options, contact our office. Call us today at (770) 629-9216 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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