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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child see an orthodontic specialist, such as Glendale children’s orthodontist Dr. Bergh, by age seven. Children at younger ages (7-11 yrs) offer the most opportunities to utilize important growth stages to intercept or correct common dental and jaw problems. We find children at this age to be extremely cooperative, fun to work with, and very willing to assist in making changes in their smiles.
When your child visits our Glendale children’s orthodontist by age 7, Dr. Bergh can evaluate the amount of room for the permanent teeth, the growth of the jaws, and any functional problems that might exist.
Orthodontist Dr. Bergh has trained extensively in the field of orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics, so you can be assured that your child is in the right hands for braces and orthodontic treatment.
By age 7, the first permanent molars and incisors are usually in, and by that time, bite problems can be recognized and assessed for correction. Dr. Bergh will be able to identify if your child has or is going to have any issues such as crossbites, crowding, and other problems.
When treatment is started early, Dr. Bergh can guide the growth of your child’s jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Benefits of early treatment can also correct the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.
Not every child is in need of early orthodontic treatment. Many are simply placed on a complimentary recall phase in our office. During this recall phase, our Glendale children’s orthodontist sees each patient at pre-determined intervals (usually every six to twelve months). This way, Dr. Bergh can monitor your child’s dental development and jaw growth until orthodontic treatment is indicated.
Call us today at 818.273.6225 or click here to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary evaluation for your child. We’ll provide your child with a thorough examination, including the necessary diagnostic photographs and x-rays, all at no charge to you. We look forward to meeting you!