When it comes to the development of their teeth, some children are lucky enough right out of the gate. Their baby teeth grow in nicely aligned with each other, and when all of those teeth have fallen out, their replacements also grow in straight and beautiful. The icing on the cake is when their upper and lower bites are lined up with each other. And as those kids progress through their teens, it’s apparent that their teeth will remain that way into adulthood. Unfortunately, though, the aforementioned dental scenario isn’t the case for many young people.
At the office of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, PA, our mission is to ensure that children get the opportunity to enjoy healthy, attractive permanent teeth that will last throughout their lives. By starting orthodontic care early, our knowledgeable and caring professionals will ensure that your child’s oral health is in the best of hands.
Around age 7, kids’ permanent teeth start taking the place of baby teeth, and as the face and jaws mature, we gather a wealth of information as to their progress. If a problem is evident, or if one is developing, we will be able to advise you on whether treatment is recommended, when it should begin, what form the treatment will take, and estimate how long it will take.
Untreated orthodontic problems can become worse and more difficult to treat as a child ages. These problems lead to tooth decay, gum disease, broken front teeth, and loss of the bone tissue that holds teeth in place.
Orthodontic treatments are not only about aesthetics but proper function as well. Early intervention will help your child bite and chew correctly and contribute to his or her clear speech. An attractive smile is a great byproduct of treatment, and it can lead to your child being happier and more self-confident.
In the matter of getting teeth professionally straightened, earlier is better. At the office of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, PA, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information about our office and the many services we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.