Setting Smiles Straight

Children should have an orthodontic consultation between the ages of 6-8. By this age, their permanent teeth are mostly erupted and a dentist will be able to spot any oral development issues. If our team notices orthodontic issues early at Timber Kid Dentistry, we can provide your child with the care they need to get a straighter smile and a healthier bite. If you have a child between the ages of 6-8, call us today to set up an orthodontic consultation.

When to Consider Orthodontics

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Premature Loss of a Baby Tooth

If your child loses one of their primary (baby) teeth before it’s supposed to fall out naturally, they may need orthodontic correction with a space maintainer to ensure their permanent teeth erupt properly.

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Crooked or Uneven Teeth

Crooked and uneven permanent teeth can cause bite issues and may make your child feel self-conscious about how they look as they grow older. Orthodontic correction is the best way to resolve the issue. 

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Crossbite Correction

Crossbites occur when your child’s top and bottom teeth do not meet correctly. If left untreated, this issue can result in premature tooth wear and difficulty speaking. Book a visit today if you suspect your child has a crossbite.

What is a Crossbite?

A crossbite is a type of malocclusion (bad bite), where the upper and lower arches of teeth do not meet correctly. This can occur in the rear teeth (posterior crossbite) or in front teeth (anterior crossbite).

In a healthy mouth, the upper teeth rest slightly outside of the lower teeth. However, a crossbite occurs when the front or back teeth come together inside the lower teeth, “crossing” the correct position. This can cause cosmetic issues with the teeth, as well as difficulties chewing, premature tooth wear, and jaw problems. Orthodontic treatment for these issues usually includes braces and palate expanders.

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Thumb Sucking & Orthodontic Issues

Thumb sucking is a major contributor to orthodontic issues. The pressure of thumb sucking can interfere with proper jaw development and lead to protrusion of the teeth, which will require orthodontic treatment to correct. If your child sucks their thumb frequently and continues to do so after 4 years old, it’s important to break this habit to prevent future orthodontic issues.

Limited/Interceptive Orthodontics

Also known as “Phase 1” orthodontics, limited/interceptive orthodontics is used to refer to orthodontic treatment before the age of 6-8. These treatments are used to promote the proper growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth. Timely intervention with limited/interceptive orthodontics encourages a healthier mouth and reduces the need for future orthodontic treatment.

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Exposure Of Unerupted Teeth

Often, one or more of your child’s teeth may not erupt fully. This is especially common with the front teeth. Exposing these teeth with oral surgery and moving them into proper alignment with orthodontic treatment is typically required to ensure that your child’s mouth continues to develop properly.

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Invisalign is a great alternative to braces for teens and preteens. It’s invisible when worn and has a typical treatment time of under a year. However, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign. To find out if your child is a good candidate for clear aligners, contact Timber Kids Dentistry.

Set Things Straight with Orthodontics!

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