The earlier orthodontic issues are treated, the better the outcome will be. We recommend orthodontic consultations as early as age 7. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems. Early orthodontic treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to grow in properly, minimizing the chances that your child will need an extraction in the future. (Just because we like to see your child at age 7, does NOT mean we will always recommend treatment at this age. Our treatment philosophy is to be as conservative as possible, and only recommend treatment if it is absolutely necessary. By evaluating your child at age 7, Dr. Patel can determine if a problem is arising.)
The best way to know whether or not you should bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation is to see a general dentist regularly for six-month checkups. Your dentist will track your child’s oral development and recognize symptoms that indicate orthodontic issues.
However, you can keep an eye out for these common signs and schedule an appointment if you notice any of the following:
There are a wide range of orthodontic issues that can affect children as their mouths develop, such as abnormal eruption and crossbites. Kids may also suffer from crowded teeth or large gaps, depending on the size of their jaw and teeth. Overbites and underbites are also common.
There are a number of different orthodontic options for kids. Palate expanders, space maintainers, and braces may be used to treat a wide variety of issues such as bite problems and crowding. Surgery is rarely required since children’s mouths are still developing, and their jaw can be corrected without invasive treatment.
"My daughter and I are both patients of Dr. Patel. He is caring, compassionate and extremely detail oriented. He takes the time to answer questions, I never felt like I was being rushed in and out. He always put me and my daughter at ease. Dr. Patel is a devoted professional who makes his patients feel important each and every time they are in his office."
"My boys always look forward to seeing Dr. Patel and his warm and friendly staff. Dr. Patel is highly knowledgeable and highly compassionate when it comes to caring for my boys. His approach is practical and we appreciate how he clearly and simply lays out the options and helps us understand how to make the best choices for them."
"I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Patel! He is not only caring towards his patients and staff, but he takes his time in explaining what the best treatment options would be. I have already recommended to family and friends to go to Bucks Mont Orthodontics to see Dr. Patel for a consult! He is a genuine doctor and cares about his patients. I have had nothing but great experiences! Thank you Dr. Patel for being a great person as well a great orthodontist!"
"Not only does Dr. Patel do amazing work, but he is compassionate towards all of his patients! I cannot say enough good things about his practice, his staff, and his office. They make you feel so special when you walk through the door. Highly recommend!!!!"
"Dr. Patel is such a great professional. He knows very well what he does with your teeth and he has the ability to build full confidence from his patients. My son enjoys going to his appointments. Kudos, Dr. Patel!"