As much as possible, we want to eliminate the need for extensive orthodontic work and/or oral surgery in your child’s future. At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we strive to provide our youngest patients with treatment options that prevent the development of more difficult and complex problems. We treat a wide variety of patient ages at both of our offices in Fresno, CA, and Clovis, CA.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist is around the age of 7. While many times we may not recommend any treatment at this age, it is important to be aware of your child’s developing orofacial structure and needs. If early orthodontic treatment is determined to be necessary, Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian will create a comprehensive treatment plan to suit your child’s specific needs. Around age 8 or 9, overbites, underbites, crossbites, or other progressive problems can be corrected.
Does my child need early orthodontic treatment?
This is a question that we often receive from many concerned parents and one we can only answer with a comprehensive consultation. We offer consultation appointments free of charge and will be able to determine your child’s specific orthodontic needs at that time. However, some signs may indicate that your child is a candidate for early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth (children typically lose their first tooth around age 5 and have all their permanent teeth around age 13)
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Continued thumb-sucking after age 5
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
- Malocclusion (crossbite, overbite, underbite)
- Crowded front teeth around age 7 or 8
Keeping an eye on your child’s dental development is important. If your child is experiencing one or more of the above signs, early orthodontic treatment may be needed. If you have any concerns about your child’s dental development, please contact our office for a complimentary consultation.
Early Orthodontic Treatment in Fresno, CA, and Clovis, CA
If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Greg Nalchajian or Dr. Nicole Nalchajian to discuss and determine your child’s orthodontic needs, please contact our front office in Fresno or Clovis. We look forward to meeting you and we appreciate the opportunity to provide you and your child with the best of care at one of our state-of-the-art facilities.