Children's Orthodontics

Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles.  By using functional appliances while children are actively growing, we can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile.

Symptoms unhealthy jaw joints:

  • Headaches, dizziness, fainting
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Earaches or ringing of the ears
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Clicking, locking or difficulty opening  jaws

Functional appliances can help correct:

  • Bite problems (i.e. deep overbite)
  • Underdeveloped jaws
  • Narrow arches
  • Crowded teeth
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Airway problems
  • Thumb-sucking habits
  • Speech development

And can help prevent:

  • Removal of adult teeth
  • Fang-like tooth appearance
  • Lengthy use of braces
  • Speech difficulties
  • Crowding

Two-Phase Treatment

Phase 1 - Functional appliances ages 5-12

Early treatment should be initiated for:

  • Habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking
  • A constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils
  • Mouth breathing or snoring problems
  • A bad bite
  • Bone problems (i.e. narrow or underdeveloped jaws)

Phase 2 - Braces ages 12-14

  • Teeth are straightened with brace
  • Braces usually take about 11/2 to 2 years

Parents want the best for their children; straight teeth, properly sized jaws, straight profiles and beautiful smiles.  By treating problems early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future treatment.