Early orthodontics is not about getting braces! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation should occur by around age 7. At this early stage, treatment from our orthodontist near Westmont, IL, may not even be necessary. Dr. Balakrishnan can evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Beginning treatment at this optimal time ensures the greatest result AND the least amount of time and expense.
Your child’s early evaluation by our expert orthodontic team at Downers Grove Orthodontics will help guide the growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth, to prevent more serious problems later. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late.
Dr. Balakrishnan understands the importance of early orthodontic intervention, and recommends you make an appointment if you notice any of the following signs in your child:
We know orthodontic treatment is a high-level process blending both tooth-straightening and facial shifting. Achieving complete repair of your child’s smile is our first priority, and early treatment is the best way to achieve long-lasting results.
The first treatment phase includes enhancing alignment of the upper and lower jaw to accommodate all your child’s permanent teeth. Treatment in this early phase for children with crowded front teeth can also prevent the need to remove permanent teeth.
The second phase only begins when all of your child’s permanent teeth have come in. Downers Grove Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options to ensure each tooth has achieved its ideal position and is in perfect alignment with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and surrounding teeth. Whether you choose traditional braces, Damon braces, or Invisalign, you will achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile that lasts well into adulthood.
To make an appointment for your complimentary, no-obligation Downers Grove Orthodontics Smile Assessment, give us a call at 630.515.2727 or click here to use our online appointment request form. This free package includes an office tour, a complete exam, digital x-rays, and an in-depth consultation with Dr. Balakrishnan, a $400 value!