Early Treatment for Your Child’s Oral Health
Parents are usually relieved to learn that early treatment for their child is not necessarily about getting braces. Early treatment is all about setting your child up for a lifetime of optimal oral health, which is affected by ensuring the proper alignment and symmetry of their smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation with our pediatric orthodontist in Hilton Head, SC, is not merely for aesthetic reasons, but it will help guide the growth and development of their jaw and teeth – preventing serious problems later.
The Best Age For Your Child to See an Orthodontist
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic exam occur by age seven – the age when adult teeth begin to erupt. At Bluffton Orthodontics, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues including crowding, a possible overbite, open bite, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential orthodontic problems may not be visibly apparent until it is too late. Starting treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the best result but also means less time and expense down the road.
Signs That Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment
Treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, if you notice any of the following conditions in your child, it is important to schedule a screening with our orthodontist:
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
- Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or close without touching
- Misplaced or crowded teeth
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Teeth and jaws that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
Early Treatment Benefits
While parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be avoided with early evaluation and treatment, such as:
- Speech impediments
- Damage to protruding teeth
- Open bites – the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
- Crossbites – the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A crossbite or otherwise misaligned bite can cause stress on the jaw muscles, tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, and more.
We’re so confident your child will love their experience with us, we stand behind our services with multiple guarantees! Our top goal is our patients’ 100% satisfaction. If you or your child are not satisfied with the care you receive at any time during the course of treatment, simply let us know and we will do what it takes to make it right. That’s our promise to you!
We proudly offer an affordability guarantee – we keep our prices fair, accept most insurance plans, and offer customizable payment plans through OrthoFi. Additionally, with our convenient appointment times, we guarantee you or your child will never have to miss school or work for an appointment with us. Contact our friendly team today for more information!
Find Out More About Our Pediatric Orthodontist in Hilton Head, SC
To learn more about our top-rated orthodontic care, schedule your complimentary Bluffton Orthodontics New Patient Consultation today by calling 843-402-8850 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. Your consultation will include a review of your dental history, an extensive oral exam, digital images and x-rays of your teeth, a personalized treatment plan, and a tour of our state-of-the-art office – a $225 value, all for FREE!
During your consultation, our staff will be happy to answer all your questions about our orthodontic treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know!
Come see our state-of-the-art orthodontic office! You will quickly find that we offer high-quality orthodontic treatment to all our patients – and we do it with a smile!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Hilton Head, SC, our doctor and team at Bluffton Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Bluffton, Beaufort & Hardeeville, SC, and surrounding areas.
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