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Early Orthodontics in Westmont, IL

At Willowbrook Orthodontics, we strive to provide high-quality orthodontic orthodontic-problems-thumbtreatment while maintaining a fun, friendly office environment. Dr. Yue and his expert team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to design specialized treatment plans that perfectly suit our patients' unique orthodontic needs. We do this for patients of all ages, even our littlest ones. And that's a good thing because sometimes orthodontic treatment has to start early!

When To Schedule Your First Visit?

Our orthodontist asks parents to bring their child in for an initial examination around age 7, in accordance with the American Association of Orthodontics. By this age, the back bite is established, so we can spot current problems as well as problems that may develop down the line. While we may or may not start treatment at this stage, evaluating early lets us monitor your child's growth and development so we can choose the ideal time to start treatment. And, sometimes interceptive treatment is necessary.

When Earlier is Better

Treatment for most orthodontic problems starts after the baby teeth have fallen out and most permanent teeth are in place, typically between age 9-14. However, there are certain conditions that are much easier to treat if caught early, when we can take advantage of a child's natural growth processes.

Conditions that may need child interceptive treatment include:

  • Severe Crossbite: where the lower teeth close outside the upper teeth. By starting treatment early, we can use a device called a palatal expander to gradually, painlessly widen the upper jaw, avoiding more invasive treatments like oral surgery down the line.
  • Severe Crowding: the jaws are too small to accommodate all the permanent teeth, they can fall out of alignment and cause a host of problems. By starting early, we can again use a palatal expander to widen the jaw and make more room for the teeth.
  • Protruding Front Teeth: where the front teeth are more prone to damage, chipping, and fractures due to their protrusion. We may use braces or headgear to correct this problem early on.
  • Severe Underbite: where the lower teeth protrude outward in front of the upper teeth, causing serious bite problems. Similarly, braces and/or headgear may be used to correct this problem with interceptive treatment.

Retraining Bad Habits

The sucking reflex is a natural part of early childhood. However, if the behavior Child Sucking Thumb Orthodonticscontinues past age 4, it can actually reshape the teeth and jaws, creating a condition called an open bite, where the front teeth don't meet when the mouth is closed. This may also be caused by tongue thrusting when the tongue pushes forward against the teeth while swallowing.

Mouth breathing is another abnormal early childhood behavior that can have serious effects down the line. This is characterized by a child always breathing with their mouth opening, and if left untreated, it can cause serious abnormalities in the muscular structure and functions of the face and impair proper jaw growth.

Contact Your Willowbrook, IL Orthodontist!

We can work with your child to correct all of these habits and abnormalities. We will use a variety of appliances and techniques to give your child a straight, functional smile for life! If you have questions about early treatment or are ready to schedule an appointment for your child, please feel free to call us at 630-323-7906, reach out to us on our contact page, or use our easy online form. We conveniently have four different office locations serving the entire Willowbrook and Westmont, IL area. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!

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