Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics is the top pediatric orthodontist in Augusta for more than one reason, but perhaps none of them stand out more than the fact that we put our patients first in everything we do. 

We’ve helped handcraft over 15,000 smiles since our founding in 1973. But it’s not the volume that’s truly important to us — it’s the fact that we’ve been able to help so many individuals with a tailored orthodontic treatment plan that meets their unique needs. 

Simply put, we strive to provide excellent, patient-centered treatment in a caring environment. 

Of course, the prerequisite to providing treatment is having a patient come visit us at our Augusta orthodontic office. For parents who are concerned about the development of their children’s teeth and general oral health, one of the best ways we can provide value is to be an educational resource. 

Early Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

To that end, we are dedicating today’s blog to illuminating a few early indicators that your child might be a candidate for pediatric orthodontic treatment, including (but not limited to) braces or modern alternatives. If you are interested in reviewing some common signs your child might need orthodontic care in the future, read on! This blog is for you.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when, well, there is simply not enough room in the mouth for how the teeth want to come in. Crowding leads to crooked teeth and a host of other issues, making it one of the most common reasons children receive pediatric orthodontic treatment. 

Getting orthodontic care at a young age for overcrowding helps align and straighten teeth, reducing oral pain along with the risk of cavities and gum disease later on in life. 

Overbite (Deep Bite)

Most of us are familiar with overbites, if for no other reason than that the name is fairly self-explanatory. Technically speaking, however, an overbite (or deep bite) is a horizontal and vertical overlap of the front teeth. While the severity of a deep bite is variable, it’s easily noticeable when the front teeth protrude a significant degree further than the bottom teeth.

While overbites are somewhat commonplace, that fact makes them no less necessary to treat from an early age. Be sure to contact your family orthodontist for recommendations about your child’s best course of action. 

Openbite

When the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap properly, it’s referred to as an openbite. This type of issue impacts proper chewing in addition to a number of other adverse habits: tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, and others.

If you are concerned that your child might have an openbite, it’s vital to schedule an early evaluation so we can determine if an intervention is necessary. As is the case with most of the problems we list in today’s blog, the sooner the better in terms of successful intervention.

Underbite

You might hear your orthodontist refer to an underbite as a retrognathic upper jaw (maxilla) or a prognathic lower jaw (mandible). You might not have heard these terms, however, seeing as how “underbite” does the trick in most “layman terms” circumstances. Regardless of the nomenclature, underbites are characterized by the upper teeth being behind the lower teeth. 

Because bone sutures develop and close at different variable ages, these underbite cases should be treated as soon as possible — when the jaw is moved forward more easily. 

Unfortunately, treatment can be more involved than desired; typically, reverse-pull headgear attached to an upper expansion appliance is needed. Further, some patients need orthognathic surgery even after they’ve been wearing the headgear for some time. 

Rest easy that Rogers & Andrews is an experienced pediatric orthodontist in Augusta; we will develop a unique treatment plan based on your child’s unique oral health needs. 

Crossbite

A crossbite refers to when the upper teeth are nestled inside the lower teeth, leading to the potential for misaligned jaw growth or tooth stratification. Warning signs include seeing someone move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing it. 

Although it’s not common for children to have a pronounced crossbite from a young age, if they are left untreated it can lead to facial asymmetry later in life. We’d also note that the majority of crossbites are treated prior to puberty and don’t require treatment as radical as surgery. 

Other Conditions

  • Excessive Spacing
  • Overjet 
  • Abnormal Eruption
  • Pegged Tooth (Implant)
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cuspid Treatment
  • Impacted Cuspid
  • Third Molar

While you can get more information about these conditions listed above by browsing our common problems resource, it’s always advisable to reach out to your personal orthodontist if your interest is related to a family member, as opposed to purely academic. 

We want the best for your children just like you do. We are a family orthodontist in every sense of the phrase here at Rogers & Andrews. 

At the end of the day, we hope that we’ve been clear that it’s always the best course of action to intervene as early as possible. Whether treatment is required or not, an evaluation can dramatically improve oral health prognosis — while saving families significant funds in the process.

Schedule Your Appointment

Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics provides patient-centered orthodontic care in Augusta and Thomson. Treating adults, teens, and children, we provide expert treatment in a caring environment — just like we’ve been doing since 1973! 

Our years of experience in family orthodontics truly empower us to be able to provide expert, tailored solutions to any kind of orthodontic issue. Whether your concerns are for your child, yourself, or another family member, we’d be happy to consult you and put our experience and passion to good use. Schedule your appointment with Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics at your convenience. We’d love to hear from you!