For Children

Orthodontics For Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by the time they are seven years old. Why? It allows us to catch any issues early on, at a time when treatment is easier on the body and social pressures are minimal. We at Elite Orthodontics are in agreement with this recommendation, having seen the difference it makes in the lives and treatment of our child and teen patients.

Orthodontics for Children

If you notice any of the following signs in your child—and even if you do not—you should schedule your consultation with our office.

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Struggling to chew or bite down
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
  • Extended thumb or finger sucking
  • Teeth that are crowded or in the wrong place
  • Jaws that feel like they shift out of place, make noise when moved, or are not in the proper alignment
  • Difficulty forming correct sounds when speaking
  • Teeth which bite the cheeks or the roof of the mouth
  • “Buck” teeth
  • Facial imbalance

The following warning signs usually indicate that you or your child should have an orthodontic exam:

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don`t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance

Problems to watch for in Children and Teens