For Children & Teens

Orthodontics for Children

Do you want braces for your child? At our practice, we work with many children. We aim to provide exceptional orthodontic care in a comfortable environment. Contact us today at (215) 491-5480 to schedule a complimentary consultation for your child.

Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 9 and 16. However, by age 7, problems with jaw growth or emerging teeth can be identified. It's best for an orthodontist to see children by age 7. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by age 7 and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. Dr. Markham can evaluate if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. There are some problems that can only, or more easily, be treated at a younger age. In addition, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7.

When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. Typically, early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances to guide jaw and tooth development, creating a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. Early treatment can simplify later treatment.

Orthodontics for Teens

Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16 depending on the individual´┐Żs growth pattern and needs. Because adolescents still are growing, this is often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results.

Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, excess space between teeth, protruding upper teeth, extra or missing teeth, and jaw growth problems.

Other orthodontic problems are acquired over time. They can be caused by thumb-sucking or finger-sucking as a child, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, accidents, poor nutrition, or medical conditions.

Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth can be more difficult to clean, which may contribute to cavities and gum disease. An improper bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse.

The emotional side of an unattractive smile can affect children in the formative years. When children are not confident about the way they look, self-esteem can suffer. Teenagers with orthodontic problems left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their teeth and their smile.

Our office is conveniently located in Warrington, PA. Interested in braces for your children? Call us today at (215) 491-5480 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Before coming in for your consultation, please fill out our new patient forms and learn what to expect for your first visit.

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