Orthodontics for Children
Treating orthodontic problems at a young age can prevent your child from years of self-consciousness and a myriad of health problems in the future as an adult. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends beginning regular orthodontic evaluations as young as 6 or 7 years old.
If your child is around that age and has never been to an orthodontic check up, it is important to talk to an orthodontist such as Dr. Jacobson. He has over 30 years of experience as a clinician and researcher in orthodontics and is the best option when it comes to your child’s orthodontic health.
Complications Associated With Untreated Orthodontic Problems
Common problems like bad bites, crooked teeth, excessive spacing, or tooth crowding can be easily intercepted at a young age before the eruption of all the child’s permanent teeth. Untreated orthodontic problems, referred to as malocclusions, may cause a range of problems, such as excessive tooth wear, chewing or breathing difficulty, gum recession, tooth loss, jaw joint disorders, or jaw dysfunction. You may also notice that your child’s teeth are erupting crooked, rotated, or with excessive or insufficient spacing.
Dr. Jacobson will evaluate your child and inform you on what, if any, types of orthodontic procedures are recommended. By taking a proactive approach to orthodontic treatment, you can eliminate future need for long-term treatments like braces and give your child an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old should my child be before they start orthodontic care?
It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that orthodontic checkups begin as early as 6 or 7 years old.
What happens if my child does not receive orthodontic care?
Here is a list of complications that may arise due to a lack of treatment:
- Excessive tooth wear
- Chewing or breathing difficulty
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Jaw joint disorders
- Jaw dysfunction
How many children has Dr. Jacobson seen in his career?
Dr. Jacobson has treated more than 7,000 children throughout his career, which gives him an extensive amount of experience in pediatric orthodontics.
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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA