Orthodontics for Kids
Many kids come into our office practically dancing; they are so excited to start braces and snap some sort of fun, get-your-smile-on-selfie! Other kids are nervous about how braces will feel, reluctant to give up their caramel corn, or concerned about brushing & flossing with braces. It is our pleasure to encourage each of these super special kids on their individual journeys to beautiful, healthy smiles! Receiving, as well as, providing orthodontic treatment is a priviledge. Dr. LeMert and the LO Smile can't decide if the best part of orthodontics is creating beautiful smiles or getting to know so many amazing people!
Timing is Everything:
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic checkup by age 7. This appointment is complimentary. Although Dr. LeMert recommends that most patients wait to start orthodontic treatment until about the time that all of the permanent teeth are in (around age 11 or 12), there are a few smiles that will benefit from early or "two-phase" treatment. During this phase, Dr. LeMert guides the growth of the jaw, the width of the upper and lower arches and the incoming permanent teeth. The purpose of early treatment is to prevent less desirable options in the future such as: extraction of permanent teeth, impacted teeth, and jaw surgery.
Things to look for:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Teeth that come together abnormally
- Teeth that do not come together at all
- Lower teeth infront of the upper teeth
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Smile-Pass it on:
A smile is a gift that keeps on giving! To learn more about how to give your child a healthy, beautiful smile, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. We understand that your family has a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each visit is as convenient, efficient and effective as possible.