Early Treatment

Even if your child does not show any signs of needing braces, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to see an orthodontist around age seven. By this age, your child should have baby teeth and adult teeth, which helps Dr. Catherine diagnose any developing issues in the alignment of the teeth and jaws.

Early treatment allows Dr. Catherine to:

  • Evaluate your child’s smile and correct any developing problems
  • Lower risk of trauma to the front teeth
  • Treat crowded smiles by creating more space
  • Correct harmful habits, such as thumb sucking
  • Improve appearance and self esteem

Signs your child may need to see our orthodontist:

  • Premature or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty biting and chewing food
  • Frequent breathing through the mouth
  • Frequent finger or thumb sucking
  • Overcrowded, crooked, or misplaced teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Jaws and teeth that are disproportionate to the facial structure
  • Crowded front teeth by age seven or eight

Visiting the orthodontist at a young age will help your child become accustomed to routine professional care and build healthy habits. We encourage you to contact A Winning Smile Orthodontics at (614) 888-8070 and schedule an appointment for your child to receive early orthodontic treatment in Worthington and the surrounding Columbus, Ohio areas.