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Dennis Alleman, DMD, PC

How Does Orthodontic Care Work?

The best time to start orthodontic treatment is as early as possible. Your child will be evaluated for normal development at the first infant visit. Every child is different, but if problems are noted, orthodontic treatment could begin with a visit to your pediatrician or ENT physician for evaluation of allergies and airway issues.

If your child requires treatment, early intervention is best and can make a real difference. We see the best results with treatments that would be impossible once your child's face and jaw have fully developed.

It is important to note that about 80% of a child's facial development is complete by about age 8, and that there is a huge difference in the ease and effectiveness of orthopedic treatment in an 8 year old compared with a 12 year old.

Also, when started earlier, completion of treatment at a later age is much easier.

Usually during an initial examination, we will evaluate your child's facial growth, spacing between teeth, crowding, extra or missing teeth, bite and breathing. We will look for habits like tongue-thrusting or finger-sucking that can hinder growth and development. These problems can change tooth alignment as well as alter facial appearance.

Orthodontic treatment can bring your child's teeth, lips, and face into harmony. And we all know that a pleasing appearance and a beautiful smile give children...and adults...a big advantage in life!

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