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Orthodontic Treatment for Children Ages 7-12

It’s never too early to begin thinking about orthodontic treatment. Your child’s healthy, straight smile is just around the corner when you schedule a free consultation with the team at Northern Smiles. We follow the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontics, which advocates that children first visit with an orthodontist around the age of seven.

During this initial evaluation, Dr. Devin Johnson will be able to identify any potential problem areas and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan from our list of comprehensive options. It may be necessary to wait a year or two for your child’s permanent teeth to erupt, or their jaw to fully develop. Dr. Johnson will advise based on your child’s unique situation.

Will My Child Require Early Treatment?

The team at Northern Smiles Orthodontics treats patients of all ages, but early adolescence is considered an optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment. During this stage, Dr. Johnson can stop a developing problem and may be able to shorten the overall treatment time required. Here are some of the signs your child may benefit from early treatment.

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Habits like mouth breathing, thumb sucking, finger sucking, or tongue thrusting
  • An abnormal bite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Biting the roof of the mouth or cheek
  • Missing teeth

If your child exhibits the above problems, let Dr. Johnson provide your child with a free consultation. He is experienced in children’s orthodontic care and can help your child achieve the healthy, straight smile they deserve. Early treatment allows us the opportunity to create room for crowded, erupting teeth and to preserve space for un-erupted teeth, while also creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth and development. Most of the time, early treatment allows us to reduce the overall treatment time of wearing braces.

Contact Your Local Abbott Loop Orthodontist Today

If you have questions about early orthodontic treatment for your child, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you’d like to contact our office to schedule an appointment with your local Abbott Loop orthodontist, call us at (907) 561-1902. We can’t wait to hear from you and help your child achieve a healthy & beautiful smile.