Island Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, along with the American Academy of Orthodontics, recommends that your child receives their first orthodontic check by age seven. Dr. Bob Marzban can inspect your child’s tooth development and then can determine if there might be potential for future issues that may affect your child’s bite or tooth alignment. Addressing these issues while your child is still growing and developing may help save your child from having complex treatment plans once their adult teeth have emerged. This, of course, can also help save you time and money down the road.
If your child displays any of the characteristics below, it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic check with Dr. Marzban. At that first visit, Dr. Marzban can evaluate your child’s teeth, gums, jaw, and oral hygiene. If he sees any issues, he may recommend early treatment.
- Lost their baby teeth earlier or later than normal – Note: Children typically begin losing their baby teeth around age five
- Has Crowded Teeth
- Sucks on his or her thumb after age five
- Has teeth that don’t come together normally
- Displays any speech impediments
- Has trouble chewing or biting
- Has protruding teeth
- Experiences a shifting of the jaw when opening or closing his or her mouth