The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is necessary, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Therapy
Our doctors provide diagnosis and treatment for patients who may have developed a temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and can assist in treatment of complex dysfunctions with conservative therapy. A TMJ consultation would be necessary, and the doctors would inform you regarding whether you are a candidate for conservative therapy that we offer in our practice.