Early Orthodontic Treatment Specialist

Hunt Orthodontics

Orthodontist located in Norton Shores, MI, N. Muskegon, MI & Fremont, MI

As your child’s adult teeth start coming in, you may notice issues such as gaps or overcrowding. Left untreated, these issues can cause oral health problems into adulthood. Todd Hunt, DDS, and his team at Hunt Orthodontics in Muskegon, North Muskegon, and Fremont, Michigan, improve the lives and health of children by offering appropriate early orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about protecting your child’s oral health.

Early Orthodontic Treatment Q & A

How do I know if my child needs orthodontic treatment?

The best way to determine whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunt and the team at Hunt Orthodontics.

Many orthodontic issues are difficult to identify, even for experts, which is why a thorough evaluation by a trusted professional is absolutely necessary. At Hunt Orthopedic, Dr. Hunt and his team offer traditional braces as well as clear braces, including InvisalignⓇ clear aligners.

When should my child have their first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children undergo an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. 

While every child’s development is different, most boys and girls develop their first adult molars by the time they’re 6. Combined with other developmental markers, a thorough inspection at age 7 enables Dr. Hunt to pinpoint potential problems early on.

Why issues can early orthodontic treatment prevent?

Orthodontic treatment is generally recommended for kids between the ages of 9-14. However, there are certain oral health problems that can benefit from even earlier intervention and treatment. 

Dr. Hunt regularly recommends early orthodontic treatment to address a variety of alignment issues, including: 

Severe crossbite

Severe crossbite is a condition that’s characterized by your child’s upper teeth fitting snugly inside of their bottom teeth. Dr. Hunt uses palatal expanders to address this problem, which can prevent the need for surgery later in life.

Severe crowding

If your child’s jaws are too small to hold all of their permanent adult teeth, it can lead to severe crowding. Treatments like palatal expansion and tooth extraction can make adequate room, ensuring your child’s teeth come in as they should.

Protruding teeth

Front teeth that stick or protrude outward are more likely to experience chips or cracks. Children with these issues are also more susceptible to bullying and teasing. Early orthodontic treatment can address aesthetic imperfections quickly and effectively.

Are there certain habits that increase my child’s risk of orthodontic problems?

Yes. The following habits are all associated with an increased risk of orthodontic issues, including speech impairment and teeth misalignment:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting 

If your child exhibits any of these bad habits, it’s important to seek the guidance of a professional orthodontist like Dr. Hunt as soon as possible.

To learn more about the benefits of early orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation at Hunt Orthodontics online or by phone today.