Early Treatment

45You may be wondering why your child might need early orthodontic treatment. While it is true that not all children need early orthodontic care, over 40 percent of kids can benefit from early treatment.

The best way to discover whether or not your child should take advantage of early orthodontic treatment is through a consultation with Drs. Lori and Adam Cohen. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child should see their orthodontist for the first time by the age of seven.

The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to correct problems with the jaw and teeth that could become more complicated over time. Drs. Lori and Adam Cohen can guide your child’s smile through the growth and changes ahead, resulting in a healthier and more attractive smile in the future.

Is My Child at Risk?

All children are at risk for early orthodontic problems, but there are some factors that may increase your child’s risk. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Losing baby teeth before the age of five, or after the age of 13
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Discomfort while chewing or biting
  • Thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking
  • Protruding front teeth
  • The upper and lower front teeth do not fit together well
  • Crowded teeth
  • Permanent teeth that do not erupt

You should see your orthodontic professional to determine your child’s smile needs.

How Can Early Orthodontic Treatment Help My Child?

47It is easiest to treat orthodontic problems when they are in their early stages. If Drs. Lori and Adam Cohen can treat your child before their jaw has finished growing and their permanent teeth have made their appearance, treatment can be more comfortable and effective. When orthodontic needs are not addressed until later in life, surgery and other invasive procedures may be necessary.

Early orthodontic treatment may be able to help your child. Early treatment can:

  • Guide the jaw and teeth for a comfortable and smooth growing process
  • Correct bad habits that are affecting your child’s smile
  • Correct bad bites that may become uncomfortable and cause jaw pain
  • Reduce future dental work dental work
  • Decrease the risk of dental trauma
  • Improve your child’s appearance and self-confidence

We create a fun and inviting environment for your child. Our team will welcome them into the office like a friend, and ask engaging questions to keep them involved in the process. We can offer entertainment and amenities to ensure your child’s comfort during their visit with us.

We hope to surpass your expectations while we protect your child’s smile. To schedule your child’s orthodontic care consultation, give us a call at Cohen Family Orthodontics today!