Howard Posner, DDS | Pediatric Dentist
Marc Henderson, DDS, FAGD | General Dentist
Matthew T. Goslee, DMD, MPH | Pediatric Dentist

255 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010


This seven year old just visited the orthodontist for the first time

For Children

Orthodontics for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get their first orthodontic screening by age seven. Although this is generally recommended, Dr. Posner and Dr. Goslee have successfully recognized and treated developing problems in patients younger than seven.  Recognizing and treating these problems early ensures that the Drs. Are able to fix the problem with much more success and ease. Correcting tooth, jaw, and growth problems sooner, rather than later, will minimize the invasiveness of the procedure that is required.

At a young age, when children have baby teeth and adult teeth, the doctors can diagnose and correct problems with the teeth and the jaw with minimally invasive procedures. 

Early treatment provides a wonderful opportunity to:

  • Correct any growth problems and guide adult teeth to grow in as straight as possible
  • Regulate the width of the arches in the mouth with more ease than is possible when the jaw has set later in life
  • Create more space in the mouth for teeth that have been crowded
  • Lessen, or possibly eliminate, the need to extract permanent teeth later in life
  • Breaking habits like thumb sucking, pacifier sucking and finger sucking as well as tongue-thrust and functional problems in the mouth that can be broken and corrected much easier at an early age
  • Having teeth and a jaw that are functioning properly and having straight teeth can help your child with self-esteem and may even change the way that children around him or her perceive your child.

For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment, so please be sure to come in to have us evaluate your child.

When checking your children’s teeth, these symptoms may signify that it would be very good for your child to have early orthodontic evaluation treatment: 

  • Early/late loss of baby teeth
  • If your child has difficulty chewing or biting on food
  • Breathing through the mouth irregularly
  • Sucking on fingers or on a thumb
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced or even blocked
  • A popping noise when your child’s jaw opens or closes
  • Teeth that do not come together or that come together abnormally
  • Having jaws or teeth that are disproportionate to the face
  • Front teeth that are crowded

Call us today if you think that your child is in need of an orthodontic evaluation. Treatment in the early stages can help your child have a healthy and beautiful smile while avoiding many difficult and painful procedures. 

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