childrens orthodonticsTake Control of Your Child’s Oral Health at Phillips Orthodontics

Parents are usually relieved to learn that early children’s orthodontics near Leland, NC, at Phillips Orthodontics is NOT about getting braces, but rather their overall oral health and alignment of their smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation is not simply for aesthetics but will help guide the growth and development of their jaw and teeth, which could prevent more serious problems later.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7 – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At Phillips Orthodontics, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.

Not sure if your child would benefit from an orthodontic evaluation? Phillips Orthodontics is available to answer any question you may have about the process!

Does Your Child Need an Orthodontic Assessment?

According to our orthodontist, treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, it is especially important to schedule a screening with our board-certified specialist, Dr. Phillips, if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
  • Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
  • Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face

Benefits of Early Treatment

While Dr. Phillips believes parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be avoided with early screening and treatment, including:

  • Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly – a misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more
  • Speech impediments
  • Injury to protruding teeth
  • Under bites – when the lower teeth extend further forward than the upper teeth
  • Asymmetric jaw shifting when biting down
  • Extreme overbites (overjets)

Learn More About Children’s Orthodontics near Leland, NC

When you are ready, we invite you to schedule your child’s complimentary, no-obligation Dr. Phillips Smile Analysis by clicking here or calling 910.392.5773. Regardless of the outcome, after consulting with Dr. Phillips, parents often feel reassured about their child’s overall oral health. They also appreciate having the opportunity to acquire a wealth of information about cutting-edge orthodontic treatment options – for now or in the future. Let Phillips Orthodontics put your mind at ease!