It’s not always easy to know when to bring your child in for his or her first orthodontic evaluation. If you notice problems with your child’s tooth alignment, or some obvious symptoms that point to the need for orthodontic care, then it makes perfect sense to come in. The problem, though, there are hidden reasons for seeking out our orthodontics for children Elmhurst. Our recommendation here at the office of Sheldon Jay Rintel, DDS, PC is to come in with her or him by no later than age 7, even if there are no clear signs to alert you.
Interceptive orthodontics, or phase I treatment, is when your child gets a head start on wearing braces or having other care that is related to the positioning of the teeth and jaws. It used to be considered normal to wait until adolescence, but that only makes it possible for any existing difficulties to grow worse. Our orthodontics for children Elmhurst, when applied at an earlier age, generally mean that by the time your child becomes a teenager, there will be either no need for further treatment, or the treatment required will be much simpler, less time-consuming, and less costly. Those are all favorable outcomes. A list of the most common symptoms that should alert you to seek the help of our orthodontics for children Elmhurst, regardless of age, are teeth growing in crooked, breathing through the mouth, sucking of the fingers or thumbs, tooth crowding, chewing problems, misplaced teeth, losing baby teeth too early, or keeping baby teeth in for too long, teeth being blocked out, shifting jaws, and sounds made when the jaws move up or down.
Simply reach out to our office so that we can set up a time for you and your child to come in for an appointment. An orthodontic evaluation is essential.