Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to the orthodontist around age eight.

By this time, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, which makes it easier for Dr. Holt or Dr. Jena to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Early treatment enables us to:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your son or daughter’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

For parents, it’s not always easy to know whether your little one may need orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see our team

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age eight

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your youngster a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.