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Facial Growth Orthodontics for Children

We offer solutions to chronic allergies, sleep apnea, over or underdeveloped jaws, and more!

An excellent option for children …

The primary reason children are ideal candidates for facial growth orthodontics is that they are still growing! This growth can be managed to ensure proper development, which can reduce the potential for smile and bite issues in the future.

Facial growth orthodontics is an excellent option for treating children living with craniofacial imbalances and jaw development problems, because instead of remodeling the jaw, the growth appliances used during treatment facilitate proper growth and development.

Early intervention is key!

If you wait to treat craniofacial development issues or mid-face deficiencies, the growth-guidance benefits of facial growth orthodontics could be reduced. In short, although facial growth orthodontics can benefit individuals of any age, early intervention is best. Schedule your consultation today!

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Symptoms / Characteristics

Children who can benefit from facial growth orthodontics may have symptoms or characteristics such as:

  • Mid-face deficiencies
  • Over- or underdeveloped jaws (crossbite, overbite or underbite)
  • Mouth breathing/open mouth posture
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Chronic allergies
  • Tongue-tie and poor tongue habits/oral rest posture
  • Sleep apnea

Using Facial Growth Orthodontics to treat these issues also means that the mouth can be guided to accommodate adult teeth that have yet to come in.


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Prevent issues before they become a problem!

Facial growth orthodontics help to prevent issues that can develop as a result of craniofacial imbalance. Facial growth orthodontics can also help to reduce the risk of developing TMJD and other jaw disorders, as well as help to develop a child's airway.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some facial development issues I should be aware of with my child?

A few facial development issues to be aware of in children include asymmetry of the face, ears that stick out, and a gummy smile.

What are some signs my child might need orthodontic treatment?

While the most apparent sign that your child might need orthodontic treatment is crowded teeth or gaps between teeth, other less obvious signs include airway issues, snoring, or grinding at night.

What are some of the most common orthodontic problems encountered in early childhood?

Dental crowding, gaps, missing teeth, protruding teeth, and jaw growth problems are some of the most common orthodontic issues in early childhood. Over time, these issues can develop into other problems such as TMJD symptoms, sleep apnea, an uncomfortable bite, and asymmetrical facial features.

Why is growth important in orthodontics?

Our teeth grow in synchronicity with our tongue, cheek, and jaw muscles. Our teeth don’t develop on their own, but rather in synchronicity with the natural movements of the tongue, cheek, and jaw muscles. This is often the reason why crooked teeth lead to asymmetrical facial features and issues like TMJD. 

What is the ideal age for controlled arch orthodontic treatments?

The ideal age for controlled arch orthodontic treatments is when a child has lost all of their baby teeth and has all of their adult teeth grown in. While controlled arch orthodontics can work for any age, early intervention is best to help prevent dental issues into adulthood. 

What are some early warning signs of a bite problem?

An open bite, crossbite, crowding, deep bite, underbite, and facial asymmetry are some early warning signs of a bite problem in children.

Can my child’s tooth alignment change after their treatment ends?

Yes, space can be created to make sure there is more room for the teeth to erupt.

What are the factors that you require before any orthodontic treatment?

We require orthodontic records using a CBCT and a radiology report. We need to confirm that the bone and teeth are healthy to undergo orthodontics.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, you can see your general dentist for routine cleanings – it will not interfere with care.