Get a Head Start on a Beautiful Smile

As a parent in Huntington or Woodbury, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.

Dr. Sheinis will treat your children like our own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care.

Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7

Dr. Sheinis will be able to spot subtle problems with your growth and emerging teeth by the time your child is seven, while some baby teeth are still present.

In fact, this is the age the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children first see an orthodontist. This check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine, and braces for kids aren't necessary.

Or, Dr. Sheinis may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for your child.

In other cases, Dr. Sheinis might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

What Is Early Treatment?

Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment shorter and less complicated at a later age.

In some cases, Dr. Sheinis can achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Choosing the Best Time for Treatment

While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct early on.

If Dr. Sheinis thinks your child will need treatment, he’ll let you know when he’ll have the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
girl looking at her braces

Signs the Bite's Not Right

It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.

Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:

Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth?

All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child’s jaw. Does the jaw shift off center when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

Other signs include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • A face that looks unbalanced
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth

 

Learn More at Your Free Consultation

If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation at our Huntington or Woodbury office.

We can talk about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to your child's needs.