Early Prevention With Your Trusted Folsom Orthodontist

As your trusted Folsom orthodontist, we at Hoybjerg Family Orthodontics are proud to offer high quality, expert care to help our patients develop healthy, beautiful smiles. It is never too late to begin orthodontic treatment, but starting at an early age has a great advantage for your child’s future oral health. With an evaluation, Dr. Hoybjerg can detect orthodontic problems, such as bite or jaw issues early, to plan the best treatment for your child’s needs.

Orthodontic issues can have many causes. Injury, thumb sucking habits, and natural tooth and jaw formation are just a few.

Most children have all of their permanent teeth by age 13. The jaw is typically fully formed by age 16 for girls, and 18 for boys. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, lessening the chance of extraction or surgery in the future. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve major surgery.

Early treatment is important to correct jaw growth and bite issues, and allow the smile to develop properly. Proper jaw alignment is necessary for the permanent teeth to come in correctly, and to avoid tightness, crookedness, and crowding. Bad bites affect chewing, speaking, brushing and flossing—and more. By bringing your child for an orthodontic evaluation while their smile is still developing, you can prevent serious and costly problems from occurring later in life. Early treatment, also known as Phase-One treatment, typically begins around age 8 or 9.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of 7. By this time, your child’s first adult molars have erupted, creating the back bite. Dr. Hoybjerg will evaluate the bite to determine whether treatment is recommended, when it should begin, and how long it may take. We will create a personalized treatment plan based on your child’s individual needs.

Keep in mind that an evaluation is not the same as actually starting orthodontic treatment. If a problem is detected, your El Dorado Hills orthodontist will likely opt to continually examine your child’s growth and development with regular checkups until the time is right for treatment.

While Dr. Hoybjerg does create gorgeous smiles, orthodontic treatment is much more than improving the appearance of the teeth—it improves overall health. Here are signs your child needs to visit their El Dorado Hills orthodontist:

  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Continued thumb sucking after age five
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth—tooth loss should start around age 5
  • Protruding teeth
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth
  • Speech impediments
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
  • Mouth breathing

If you notice your child is experiencing any of the above issues, don’t wait to bring him or her in for a complimentary evaluation.

Schedule Your Child’s Evaluation Today!

Hoybjerg Family Orthodontics is dedicated to providing expert care for each patient we see, from young to old. Set your child on the path toward a healthy, stunning smile and schedule a consultation today. If you have any questions regarding the above information, contact us today and we’ll be happy to address your concerns. We can’t wait to see you soon!