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Whether your child has crooked teeth or you simply want to prevent future orthodontic problems, Dr. Dickey and Dr. Holman can help give your child a confident smile for years to come. With over 55 years of combined experience, we have the expertise to fully care for your child's needs.

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As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a pleasing smile.

Start with regular dental care. The American Dental Association recommends that a child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday, while baby (primary) teeth are emerging. Your dentist

can alert you to any concerns about how the teeth and jaws are developing. But sometimes parents are the first to recognize a problem with the alignment of teeth and jaws.

All Kids Should Get a Check-up with

an Orthodontist No Later Than Age 7

Choosing the Optimal Time for Treatment –

Consult an Orthodontist

To have a beautiful and healthy smile, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get

a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Putting off a check-up with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some

orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. A check-up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the

appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some children’s orthodontic problems can benefit from earlier treatment. If it appears that your child will need treatment at some point, your orthodontist can advise you about the best time to begin. If early treatment is indicated, it can give your orthodontist the chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth

  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

  • Correct harmful oral habits

  • Improve appearance and self-esteem

  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

  • Improve the way the lips meet

Signs the Bite's Not Right

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  • Early or late loss of baby teeth 

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting

  • Breathing through the mouth

  • Thumb-sucking

  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth

  • Jaws that are too far forward or back

  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth

  • Protruding teeth

  • Upper and lower teeth that don't meet or meet in an abnormal way

  • An unbalanced facial appearance

  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

It’s not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic

problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding an unhealthy bite. Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:

Well-aligned teeth look good and feel good. They contribute to

good dental health and the ability to speak, chew and bite. Poorly

aligned teeth can lead to dental problems. Not everyone needs

orthodontic treatment. But if your child does need help, a check-

up no later than age 7 will help your orthodontist provide the most

appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. Make sure

your child sees an orthodontist for a check-up no later than age 7.

Courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)

In addition to improving oral health, orthodontic treatment can provide the confidence that comes with a healthy, attractive smile for years to come. And you may be pleasantly surprised to find how affordable such a great investment can be. Most orthodontists will work with you to arrive at a payment plan that fits within your budget. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits.


Dollar for dollar, when you consider the lifetime benefits of orthodontic treatment, it is truly a great value.

An affordable investment with a lifetime of benefits

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