Children’s Orthodontics in Chapel Hill & Pittsboro, NC
Your Child’s Evaluation for Peace of Mind & Proper Planning
Parents are usually relieved to learn that “early orthodontics” is NOT about getting braces! Rather, overall oral health is affected by proper alignment and symmetry of your smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation for children’s orthodontics in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, NC, is not simply for aesthetics but will help guide the growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth – preventing more serious problems later.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7 – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At the practice of Dr. Tammy R. Severt, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.
Signs that Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment
Fortunately, treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, it is especially important to schedule a screening with one of our orthodontists if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
- Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
- Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
What Is the Benefit of Early Treatment?
While our orthodontists say parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be avoided with early screening and treatment, including:
- Open bites – when the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
- Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more
- Speech impediments
- Injury to protruding teeth
Learn More About Children’s Orthodontics in Chapel Hill & Pittsboro, NC
To experience our 5-star orthodontic treatment, schedule your Complimentary Severt Smile Assessment today by calling 919-929-2365 to reach our Chapel Hill office or 919-542-5481 to reach our Pittsboro office. You may also click here for our convenient online form.
Your assessment includes:
- Discuss Your Goals & Concerns
- Digital X-Rays
- Thorough Exam
- Custom Treatment Plan
- Receive complimentary teeth whitening at the end of your treatment!
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our offices, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Chapel Hill & Pittsboro, NC, our doctors and team at the practice of Dr. Tammy R. Severt also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Carrboro, Siler City & Hillsborough, NC & the surrounding areas.