Pediatric Orthodontist in Albuquerque, NM
Award-Winning Care for Peace of Mind & Proper Planning
Taking your child to see our pediatric orthodontist in Albuquerque, NM, doesn’t necessarily mean they need treatment. In fact, parents are usually relieved to learn that early orthodontics is not about putting on braces, it’s about setting your child up for a lifetime of optimal oral health, which is affected by the proper alignment and symmetry of their smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation with our pediatric orthodontist is not simply for aesthetics but will help guide the growth and development of their jaw and teeth – preventing more serious problems later.
Most importantly, we love having fun and want to make sure your child’s time with us is enjoyable. Each treatment chair has an overhead TV where patients can enjoy watching family-friendly entertainment during their appointment. We also have iPads and Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles in the reception area so our patients and their siblings can play while Mom or Dad enjoy a rare moment to relax. We encourage families to come to our office and support their patient, as it helps younger siblings become familiar with the process of braces and makes for a comfortable experience if they need braces later on.
When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age seven – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At ABQ Orthodontics, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.
Signs that Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment
Treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, it is especially important to schedule a screening with our orthodontist if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
- Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
- Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face
What Is the Benefit of Early Treatment?
While parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be avoided with early screening and treatment, including:
- Open bites – when the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
- Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more.
- Speech impediments
- Injury to protruding teeth
Schedule Your Complimentary Appointment with Our Pediatric Orthodontist in Albuquerque, NM, Today!
When you are ready to learn more, call our East office at 505-296-0761 or our West office at 505-835-5650 to schedule your child’s complimentary, no-obligation ABQ Orthodontics Smile Assessment today. Your child’s appointment includes a discussion of your goals, an in-depth exam, digital x-rays, and a personalized treatment plan – a $325 value for FREE!
We offer same-day appointments and treatment starts for your convenience. You may also click here to use our online scheduling form. We look forward to helping your child achieve their happiest, healthiest smile!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Albuquerque, NM, our doctor and team at ABQ Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Bernalillo, Edgewood, Moriarty, Belen, & Socorro, NM, and Surrounding Areas.