Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

Here’s why:

teeth problemOrthodontists can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. 
A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or it may determine that early treatment is indicated to prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing. Also, It may identify a developing problem to watch for but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development to begin treatment at an older age.

If indicated, early treatment will give Dr.Kharbouch the opportunity to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face.

Problems to Watch for in Growing Children

  • 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