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While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends first visiting the orthodontist around age seven.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for our orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems with quicker, non-surgical treatments. Most patients do not require treatment at this time; but it is a good idea to have an evaluation at this age to check growth and development.

Some of the early orthodontic treatments we offer include:

Early treatment allows Dr. Brent Rickheim to:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper arch
  • Create or preserve space for crowded teeth
  • Reduce the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking habits and help improve minor speech problems

For parents, it’s not always easy to know if your child needs orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to look for:

  • 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 seven or eight

After a thorough evaluation, we find that only about 20% of our younger patients fall into these categories. When delaying treatment is recommended, our supervision program enables us to monitor dental development every 4-6 months. Please contact Peach Orthodontics at 208-618-5111 to schedule an appointment for your child’s early orthodontic treatment in Post Falls, Idaho. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

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