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According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should get their first orthodontic checkup by the age of seven. Some orthodontists routinely begin treating children at an earlier age. We don’t. Why? Because years of experience and research inform us that most children will not gain anything by having orthodontic treatment before they reach second grade. Infrequently, a family physician asks us to see a younger child to professionally evaluate their little teeth and jaws, but most parents who bring their small kids to see us feel relieved to hear that treatment can wait for a while. If you’re wondering whether your own young child would benefit from seeing us prior to second grade, please contact us for more information at 610.865.2777 or visit our contact page. One of our friendly Sparkologists will happily answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment, if that seems best.
You’ve probably heard the terms overbite or underbite before. As a kid, you may even have used the term “buck teeth” yourself. We call a person’s perfect bite an “occlusion.” Do you know how often these occur naturally? Almost never! Most children have one or more of the problems listed below to some degree, and it’s definitely not their fault!
Sometimes a child can blame a “bad bite” on their genes. At other times, they may develop one from thumb-sucking, nail-biting, or other childhood habits. Crowded or protruding teeth can also create problems. We call these misalignments “malocclusions,” and we at Spark Orthodontics fix them to create flawless, lifelong smiles for the kids we see and love. But, left untreated, a child’s malocclusions can lead to more serious problems. We suggest you review the list below. If you observe any of the following, please contact us to set up a free preliminary evaluation!
Left untreated, these problems can lead to jaw pain, wear and tear on precious tooth enamel, more opportunities for tooth decay and periodontal disease, speech problems, and low self-esteem. If you believe your child has any of the conditions above, please contact us to schedule a free Spark Smile Assessment at 610.865.2777. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation for braces, together with an unsurpassed, smile guarantee!
Did you know that our staff at Spark Orthodontics can cut the time your child spends in braces by 30 – 50%? This option is available for most of our braces. Click here to learn more!
AcceleDent is a FDA-cleared, portable device that aids in your orthodontic treatment process. Originally designed to simply accelerate the speed of treatment by gently vibrating the teeth, there have been many additional benefits discovered along the way. Read about one of our treatment coordinator’s experience with braces here!
Spark Orthodontics can help you or your loved one achieve a smile that benefits dental health as much as it increases confidence. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice in an orthodontist in Pennsylvania (PA) is the right one. Follow the steps below to start your journey towards the smile you've always dreamed of.