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Those of us who have children recognize them as a blessing as well as a lifelong investment of time and resources. We spend hours researching proper nutrition and healthy diets for our children; how often they should visit their pediatrician and which vaccines are due when; at what age is the best time for our children to start kindergarten; where they should go to school; and we make sure that they keep up with their annual dental check-ups – but what about visiting their orthodontist in Tampa or Brandon, FL?

When Should Your Child Visit A Tampa Or Brandon, FL, Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should have their first evaluation by an orthodontist by the age of 7, or even earlier if you or your child’s dentist perceives that there might be a problem. Though most children this age will not need orthodontic treatment, there are those who will greatly benefit from early intervention.

By the age of 7, your child’s first molars and incisors have begun to erupt, and it is at this time that Dr. Turke can evaluate your child’s bite. All children are beautiful in their parents’ eyes, and sometimes those very things that we find so adorable about our children – such as their their precious little lisp, cute toothless grin, or even that special way they pronounce their “l’s” and “r’s” – can be temporary issues, but they can also be an indication of a more serious problem that could follow your child into adulthood.

Dr. Turke will evaluate and monitor your child for the following issues:

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  • Improper bite relationships
    • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
    • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
  • Jaw growth abnormalities
    • Overbites
    • Underbites
  • Narrow arches
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing and biting
  • Finger sucking and other oral habits
  • Speech difficulties
  • Facial imbalance
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Protruding teeth, which are more susceptible to accidental chipping
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth

Early evaluation will give Dr. Turke the chance to detect any potential problems your child may have, as well as allow a greater opportunity for earlier, more effective orthodontic treatment. Dr. Turke will be able to guide the growth and development of your child’s bite and prevent more serious problems later. When early orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Turke can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Phase I Treatment (Age 6-10)

Phase I treatment, also known as early intervention or interceptive orthodontic treatment, typically starts with children who have a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth – normally between the ages of 6 and 10. Early treatment can correct severe crowding, tooth eruption problems, bite problems, narrow jaws, and protruding front teeth, just to name a few. It may prevent the need for future extractions of permanent teeth; reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth; eliminate speech difficulties, abnormal swallowing, and mouth breathing; correct improper oral habits; and perhaps eliminate the need for future surgical procedures. Braces may still be required after all of the permanent teeth have come in; however, early intervention usually shortens the treatment time.

Phase II Treatment (Age 11 & Up)

braces for childrenPhase II treatment, sometimes also knows as comprehensive treatment, typically begins between the ages of 11 and 15. By the age of 12 or 13, most children will have lost all of their baby teeth, and all of their permanent teeth will have erupted. Because of this, any orthodontic problems such as poor bite, crooked teeth, abnormal spacing can be easily detected. Orthodontic problems will not correct themselves, so by this age the intervention of our orthodontist is essential!