Orthodontics for Children

kids braces in CedartownOrthodontics is the dental specialty that corrects irregularities of the teeth, jaws and face.  The orthodontist is the dental specialist who diagnoses, prevents and treats dental and facial irregularities.  Orthodontists specialize not only in the cosmetic appearance of your child’s teeth but also in the overall health and long-term functioning of the teeth and jaws.

Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth and it is important to address dental issues early.  The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.  By doing so, early treatment in younger patients may present the opportunity to:

  • influence jaw growth in a positive manner
  • improve the width of the dental arches
  • reduce the need to extract permanent teeth
  • reduce or sometimes eliminate the need for jaw surgery
  • lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • correct harmful oral habits
  • improve aesthetics and self-esteem
  • simplify and sometimes shorten treatment time
  • reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • improve speech development
  • guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
  • encourage better compliance before the uncooperative teenage years

Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized training beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.  Only those with this education may call themselves “orthodontists” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.  Dr. Car Edwards is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and thanks you for placing your confidence in her to treat your child’s needs.