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Does Your Young Child Need an Orthodontist? Milton, GA
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Orthodontic treatment doesn’t always start in middle school. Children as young as 7 can also be a candidate for early orthodontic treatment known as Phase 1 or Interceptive Treatment. This stage of orthodontics is short and has a limited focus, particularly on bite or jaw issues.

At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we have the unique streamlined ability to recognize bite issues and the need for early orthodontic treatment during your child’s routine dental exams. While we can detect these concerns by a visual exam and digital x-rays, there are also some specific warning signs or symptoms that can be indications that your child may have a poor bite and needs an orthodontic evaluation, such as the following:

  • difficulty chewing due to improperly aligned teeth
  • facial muscle or jaw pain
  • headaches and ear aches
  • teeth grinding at night
  • permanent teeth coming in (erupting) out of their normal position
  • problems with biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • speech difficulties
  • functional habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing or tongue thrusting

Not only can malocclusion (bad bite) cause disruptions to your child’s everyday habits and quality of life, but it can also set the stage for more aggressive orthodontic therapy in the coming years. Early interceptive orthodontic treatment often involves functional appliances that can often reduce the time your child spends in fixed braces. These customized appliances can gently guide the jaws as they grow and develop.

Worried about your child’s bite? Is your child already expressing concerns about the alignment and appearance of their smile? Don’t wait too late. Early orthodontic evaluation and treatment is available in Alpharetta. Call Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.
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