Ensure Your Child’s Best Smile Starting at Age 7
Our team at Marshall Orthodontics realizes the countless benefits that can come when a child visits a Simpsonville orthodontic specialist during the earlier stages of life. This is why Dr. Marshall follows the recommendation of The American Association of Orthodontists, which urges all parents to bring their children to be evaluated by a trained orthodontic specialist at the age of 7.
Early Evaluation Is Not the Same As Early Orthodontic Treatment!
When your child sees Dr. Marshall for his or her complimentary early evaluation, he will simply take that opportunity to examine your child’s teeth, bite, and jaw alignment. This allows us to see if there is any preventative treatment that could reduce the extent or expense of treatment after all the adult teeth have erupted.
Most parents who bring their child to Dr. Marshall for an early evaluation leave the office happy to know that orthodontic treatment can wait – or won’t be needed at all! Others are happy to learn that, because they brought their child for an early evaluation, Dr. Marshall will be able to prevent him or her from needing adult teeth removed in the future or even eliminate a future need for jaw surgery.
How Can You Tell If Your Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Ultimately, only our orthodontist can tell for sure if your child would benefit from early treatment, since many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. However, if you observe any of the following signs in your child, then we strongly recommend that you bring your child to see Dr. Marshall for an evaluation.
Signs That Your Child May Need Early Treatment
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Thumb-sucking or finger-sucking past age 3
How Will Your Child Benefit from Early Orthodontic Treatment?
In the cases where Dr. Marshall does recommend preventative orthodontics, this early treatment can bring about numerous benefits for a child, including:
- Eliminate the need for adult tooth extractions
- Reduce or eliminate the need for braces later
- Reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery
- Improve overall facial development
Even when early orthodontic prevention is not necessary or recommended, early evaluation still allows Dr. Marshall to monitor your child’s growth patterns and focus on the ideal time to employ braces or orthodontics after all their teeth have erupted.
Schedule Your Child’s Early Evaluation with Our Simpsonville Orthodontic Specialist Today!
If your child is showing signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you are being referred by your family dentist to visit an orthodontist, please contact our office to schedule their Marshall Orthodontics Consultation. This complimentary appointment includes a complete exam of your child’s bite and jaw, x-rays, pictures, an office tour, and a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Marshall, during which he will provide his treatment recommendation (if any) as well as the reasons and benefits for it.
Dr. William Marshall is a 5-Star-Rated Orthodontist for Braces in Simpsonville, SC, for Children and Adults – Serving Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Mauldin, Five Forks, Greenville, Powdersville, Woodruff, Laurens, Clinton, & Piedmont, SC.