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Dr. Norris follows the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that children visit an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, and no later than age 7. By then, a child has enough permanent teeth to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Some orthodontic conditions that develop at a young age can have long-term, permanent effects if not treated. Dr. Norris’ will perform a complimentary exam and discuss with you specifically what your child needs. In most situations, this will be to continue to monitor the development of the patient’s teeth.
Early treatment isn’t always necessary. Interceptive treatment sometimes allows Dr. Norris to achieve results using methods that are less invasive when employed as a child is growing. Once the face and jaws are fully formed, more invasive procedures may be necessary.
The easiest way to find out what you child needs is to schedule a complimentary new patient exam with Dr. Norris!
Examples of interceptive treatment:
correcting crossbites, which occur when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned;
creating space and correcting crowding with a palatal expander to widen the jaw, allowing teeth to align properly;
correcting an overbite to reduce chance of trauma;
maintaining space with a space maintainer to hold a place for permanent teeth;
discontinuing habits, such as thumb or finger sucking;
recommending extraction of baby teeth to help adult teeth grow in straight;
guiding the eruption of permanent teeth into correct positions to align jaws;
To schedule a complementary exam with Dr. Norris, please give us a call! We will discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.