Give Your Child a Lifetime of Smiles
At Evergreen Orthodontics we provide orthodontics for children. As a parent in Smyrna, you want the best for your child, and that includes healthy teeth and a comfortable smile.
Dr. Alena Lotz will treat your kids like her own by providing your family with the finest possible orthodontic care.
When Should Your Child Get Treatment?
There’s no minimum age for your child to begin orthodontic treatment, but Dr. Alena Lotz and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend children should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by around the age of seven.
Some orthodontic problems should be addressed between the ages of 7 and 10 before your child has all of their permanent teeth.
Most of the time, Dr. Lotz will take a “wait-and-see” approach until your child is ready to begin treatment, and will re-evaluate the growth and development of your child periodically.
Dr. Lotz and her team will monitor your child as they grow and will recommend the ideal time for your child to start treatment when needed.
What Is Early Treatment?
Early treatment at Evergreen Orthodontics may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
In many cases, Dr. Lotz will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Choosing the Best Time for Treatment
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment at Evergreen Orthodontics often begins between 9 and 14, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.
If Dr. Lotz thinks your child will need treatment, she’ll let you know when it will be best to begin treatment. This gives her the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Signs the Bite's Not Right
It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem without a trained orthodontist like Dr. Alena Lotz. These are some items to watch for which may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that are too far forward or back
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation at our fun, welcoming office in Smyrna.
You and Dr. Alena Lotz will talk about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to your child's needs.