According to the American Association of Orthodontists, your children should have an orthodontic evaluation before they are seven years-old. Our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Chris Murphy, says a child’s molar teeth are usually developed at this age. That makes it possible for him to identify and prevent potential issues like overcrowding teeth or bite misalignment from interfering with their incoming adult teeth as well as jaw growth.
The American Association of Orthodontics also suggests that your child visit an orthodontist if they show any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Difficulty speaking, chewing, or biting
- Baby teeth lost very early or late
- Thumb sucking and other oral habits
- Overcrowded teeth
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Misaligned, protruding or recessed jaw or teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Facial asymmetry
- Teeth grinding or clenching
Remember, regular dental examinations are a necessary part of your child’s oral health. Dr. Murphy offers advanced child orthodontic options that can address an array of conditions.
Please contact our office to schedule an evaluation. The earlier Dr. Murphy treats your child, the sooner they can have a more beautiful smile!