Children

Head start to a healthy smile

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to get ahead of common orthodontic problems.

Starting orthodontic treatment early is the best way to ensure your child develops a healthy and beautiful smile. By age 7, your child has enough permanent teeth for a skilled orthodontist to diagnose even a subtle concern that, left untreated, could require more invasive procedures down the road.

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What orthodontic issues might my child have?

Children’s orthodontic problems include crowding of or too much space between the teeth, jaw-growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites. Children often inherit orthodontic issues, suffer a mouth injury, experience early or late loss of baby teeth, or create poorly aligned teeth from thumb-sucking. The good news is that children’s jaws are still developing and respond faster than adults to orthodontic intervention—and we’re here to help.

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What happens at my child’s first appointment?

To offer personalized care, Dr. Lupi begins the appointment with an open conversation about your worries and observations of your child’s teeth. Next he does a painless visual examination of your child’s teeth and bite. We may also take x-rays to get deeper insights about your child’s teeth and jaw development. From there, Dr. Lupi will make recommendations for next steps, whether it’s immediate treatment, a keep-our-eye-on-it situation, or no treatment needed.

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Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can reduce the need for more invasive procedures. 

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Stafford’s kids are in great hands with Dr. Lupi. If your child is between the ages of 7 and 8, call us to make an appointment and get a jumpstart on their lifelong smile. 

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471 Garrisonville Rd, #101, Stafford, VA 22554

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