Orthodontics for Children

About two-thirds of the population needs some degree of orthodontic intervention. Most of the causes are the result of a combination of inherited and environmental influences. Our pediatric specialists are trained to work with Dr. Christian Solem to identify individual orthodontic problems in children as early as age seven. As a team, they treat and monitor these problems during childhood to intercept complications as permanent teeth erupt and jaws go through advanced stages of development.

Some influences on teeth and jaw development include jaw size and shape, chewing and biting forces, habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrust, tooth grinding, and mouth breathing, prenatal pressure against the face of a baby (fetal molding), various inherited conditions, muscle dysfunction, missing teeth, extra teeth, crowding, early loss of primary teeth, or trauma.

Early Treatment Allows the Orthodontist to:

1. Correct and guide your child’s jaw growth.

2. Widen the jaws to make room for permanent teeth.

3. Guide permanent teeth to come in straighter.

4. Create more space for crowded teeth.

5. Prevent permanent tooth extraction.

6. Prevent the need for complicated jaw surgery.

7. Help curb habits that can damage teeth position and jaw development.

8. Make chewing food and cleaning teeth easier.