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Toso Orthodontics | Early Treatment in New Orleans

1502 Calhoun St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 899-8383
Early Treatment

early.jpgWhy age 7 is the right time to see an orthodontist!

Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. 

While your child's teeth might appear to be straight, there may actually be a problem that needs to be evaluated by an orthodontist. If you recognize any of the following issues with your child, please schedule a check-up today. 

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech Difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Facial Imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking

By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious.

At age 7 the permanent teeth begin to erupt and the dental arches are taking shape and form. If your child will have orthodontic issues that need to be addressed, they will be evident by this age. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves. 

During your child's initial evaluation we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed. It is possible that immediate treatment is not needed at the time or even at all. However, if treatment is needed, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for their specific case. 

Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include:

  • removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth 
  • preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • creating facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth
  • reducing the possibility of tooth extraction
  • reducing time in the second phase of braces and possibly preventing more complicated procedured such as exposure of impacted teeth and jaw surgery

Because children who have Phase 1 treatment tend to have a more complex dental makeup, most patients treated with Phase 1 will need a Phase 2 treatment when all of their permanent teeth have erupted.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. It may be one of the most important actions you can take to ensure your child has a healthy and happy smile. 

New Orleans Orthodontist | Early Treatment. Jamie Toso is a New Orleans Orthodontist.