There are a few signs that you should look out for that can determine whether your child needs early treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Noticeable overbite or underbite
- Teeth that don’t come together normally
- Crowding of the front teeth
- Speech impediments
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb sucking
- Protruding teeth
- Jaw shifting
It’s essential that you discuss any of these issues with your orthodontist so that you have a clear picture of what to look for. Your orthodontist will also take x-rays to detect issues that you may not be aware of. We encourage all family, friends and future patients to schedule a free complimentary consultation by age seven to let us monitor your child at no charge every 6-12 months. It is not necessary to have a dental referral for this free exam and if you don’t have a dentist we will recommend one for you who we feel is a good fit for you and your family.
For more information about the orthodontic care we provide, or to learn more about your treatment options, contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists at 843-642-8100 to schedule an appointment for your free exam.
Additionally, if your family dentist or pediatric dentist has suggested that you visit an orthodontist, please contact our office. We’d be happy to perform an initial examination and talk you through the best steps to take for your child’s smile and overall dental health.