Get a Head Start on a Lifetime of Smiles
As a parent in Suwanee, we know you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.
Our Suwanee Orthodontics team will treat your children like our own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care, from start to finish.
Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7
There are some orthodontic problems that should be addressed between the ages of 7 and 10, before a Suwanee child has all of their permanent teeth.
Most of the time, Dr. Kim will take a “wait-and-see” approach and re-evaluate your child’s growth and development periodically. This will help us determine the best time for treatment and help stop any problems before they start!
What is Early Treatment?
Early treatment, or “Phase 1” may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
In some cases, Dr. Kim will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the 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 the ages of 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.
If Dr. Kim thinks your child will need treatment, he’ll let you know when it will be best to begin treatment. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
How to Know If 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
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation at our Suwanee office.
We can talk about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to your child's needs.