Your Child’s Evaluation for Peace of Mind & Proper Planning
Parents are usually relieved to learn that an early evaluation for children’s orthodontics in Fort Wayne, IN, at Legacy Dental is NOT about getting braces! Rather, overall oral health is affected by proper alignment and symmetry of your smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation is not simply for aesthetics but will help guide the growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth – preventing more serious problems later.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation should occur by age 7 – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At Legacy Dental, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.
Not sure if your child would benefit from an orthodontic evaluation? Legacy Dental is to answer any question you may have about the process!
Signs that Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment
According to our Fort Wayne orthodontist, treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, it is especially important to schedule a screening with our specialist, if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
- Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
- Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
What Is the Benefit of Early Treatment?
While parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be avoided with early screening and treatment, including:
- Open bites – when the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
- Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more.
- Speech impediments
- Injury to protruding teeth
Your Child’s Evaluation for Children’s Orthodontics in Fort Wayne, IN, Is FREE at Legacy Dental
When you are ready to learn more about Legacy Dental and your child’s orthodontic options, we invite you to take advantage of our Legacy Dental Orthodontic Assessment, which includes an exam, X-rays, and an in-depth consultation – a $275 value, for FREE! To schedule your child’s appointment, click here or call 260.434.1133 today. During their session, our experienced dentists and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!
Come experience Legacy Dental and our 5-star-rated team, and don’t forget to ask about our quarterly specials while you’re here – We can’t wait to meet you!
As one of the premier dental practices in Fort Wayne, IN, Legacy Dental also provides high-quality dental & orthodontic care to patients in Waynedale, Roanoke, New Haven, Huntington & Decatur.