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Dr. Grieve, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommends that children receive their first orthodontic well check by age seven. Dr. Grieve will be able to observe your child’s tooth development to determine if there are any potential issues that will affect your child’s long term bite and tooth alignment. Addressing these issues early, while your child is growing and developing, will help save your child from having complex treatment plans when their adult teeth come in. This will save your child time in treatment, and you money.
Plus, you don’t need a referral from your dentist, and the well check is completely complimentary.
Dr. Grieve will be able to tell you whether your child requires early treatment at the complimentary well check. We also have a complimentary observation program where your child will come for an evaluation every six months to be evaluated by Dr. Grieve.
- Correct any problems before they become severe
- Protect protruding front teeth from suffering an injury
- Correct bad habits like thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting
- Improve your child’s overall appearance and self-esteem
- Helps to guide the adult teeth so they grow in optimally
- Reduce the need for extractions later on due to overcrowding issues
- Improve the way the upper and lower jaw meet so your child’s teeth can grow and develop properly
Dr. Grieve will be able to tell you whether your child requires early treatment at the complimentary well check. We also have a complimentary observation program where your child will come for an evaluation every six months to be evaluated by Dr. Grieve. However, early treatment may be necessary if your child:
- Lost their baby teeth earlier or later than normal – Note: Children typically begin losing their baby teeth around age five
- Has Crowded Teeth
- Sucks on his or her thumb after age five
- Has teeth that don’t come together normally
- Displays any speech impediments
- Has trouble chewing or biting
- Has protruding teeth
- Experiences a shifting of the jaw when opening or closing his or her mouth
If your child displays any of the above characteristics, it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic well check Dr. Grieve. At that first visit, Dr. Grieve will evaluate your child’s teeth, gums, jaw and oral hygiene. If he sees any of the following problems, he may recommend early treatment for the following.
Also known as “buck teeth,” this occurs when the upper teeth are located too far in front of the lower teeth.
An underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw, causing the front lower teeth to overlap the front top teeth.
A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth don’t come down slightly in front of the lower teeth as they should.
Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough space for the teeth to fit properly within the jaws. Signs of crowding are teeth that are twisted and displaced.
- EXCESS SPACING
This occurs when there is too much space in between the teeth, creating a gap.
- OPEN BITE
This occurs when some of the top and bottom teeth don’t meet when biting.
- MIDLINE MISALIGNMENT
This occurs when the middle of the upper front teeth does not align with the middle of the lower front teeth. If one or more of the above problems are present, Dr. Grieve may recommend a treatment plan to proactively address the issue.
Teens have more braces options than ever before in creating their best smile. From traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign Teen, Doctor Grieve and his team enjoy helping your child through the orthodontic process.
The Teen Invisalign Guarantee helps parents feel confident letting their teen use Invisalign vs. traditional braces. We are here to coach and help your teen get the best results. If, for some reason, Invisalign Teen is not a good fit for your child, we can switch to braces at no charge.
With school, peers and social media, teens today have added pressures when it comes to their appearance.
If orthodontic treatment is needed, it is beneficial to have treatment during the teen years.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Straight, healthy smile
- Spacing issues and improper alignment can be easily addressed
- Adjust a bad bite while they are still growing and developing
- Help confidence and boost self esteem
The reality is that these problems do not necessarily improve with age; they simply become more severe and more difficult to treat.
There are various reasons that your teen would require orthodontic treatment. Your child could benefit Braces or Invisalign Teen if she or he has:
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Crooked Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
- Overlapping Teeth
- Gapped Teeth
- Edge-to-edge bite
- Narrow Arch (small palate)