Get a Head Start on a Beautiful Smile

As a parent in Stillwater, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and an awesome smile.

Drs. Jill and Andrew Orchin will treat your children like their own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care.  We promise. ❤️

Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Screening By Age 7

By the time they’re seven years old, your child's teeth have developed enough for subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth to still be spotted while some baby teeth are still present.

This check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine, and braces for kids aren't necessary.

Or, Dr. Jill or Andrew Orchin may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for your child.

In other cases, Dr. Jill or Andrew Orchin might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.  Let us take the worry out of when and prevent little problems from turning into bigger ones!

What is Early Treatment?

Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

Sometimes, Drs. Jill and Andrew Orchin can achieve results that may not be possible once your face and jaws have finished growing.

Choosing the Best Time for Treatment

While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between ages 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.

If Drs. Jill and Andrew Orchin think your child will need treatment, they’ll let you know when it will be best to begin treatment. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
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Signs the Bite's Not Right

It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.

Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • An unbalanced facial appearance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Jaws that are too far forward or back
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Upper and lower teeth that don't meet or meet in an abnormal way

 

Learn More at Your Free Consultation

If your child has a obvious dental issue, if they don't, or if you are simply unsure, that's why we are here! Our orthodontic screening simply provideds you with knowledge to limit any small issues from turning into larger ones, and provides you with valuable information on what you can expect orthodontically in the future.  Please learn more by setting up a free consultation at our Stillwater office.