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- Why Walker Orthodontics?
- Areas We Serve
- Harvard, MA
- Lunenburg, MA
- Leominster, MA
- Fitchburg, MA
Our top-rated orthodontist, Dr. Walker, can enhance a smile at any age, but there is an optimal time period to begin orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but our expert for children’s orthodontics near Fitchburg, MA, can evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles.
At Walker Orthodontics, we provide an early evaluation to guide the growth and development of your child’s jaw and teeth to prevent more serious problems from developing later. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the best results with the least amount of time and expense. As the teeth are often misaligned early in the young child, our goal for early orthodontic treatment is to avoid or reduce the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
Our expert orthodontic team at Walker Orthodontics can tell if your child will benefit from early orthodontic treatment, since many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Some of the advantages of early treatment are:
Dr. Walker may recommend a “pre-braces” appliance for your child, if necessary. This type of treatment uses myofunctional techniques, which focus on muscle function to address poor oral habits that are often the underlying cause of crooked teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by orthodontists and dentists for over 50 years.
For example, Walker Orthodontics may prescribe the daily use of a Myobrace to improve the function of your child’s facial muscles, tongue posture, and breathing, leading to their optimal facial development and straighter teeth. These appliances are minimally invasive and provide quick results! In fact, parents tell us that teachers often notice improved behavior, classroom attention, and scholastic performance after a short time period.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier child! If your child has difficulty chewing, biting, or shows signs of mouth breathing, protruding teeth, or a speech impediment, it’s time to make an appointment with our expert team at Walker Orthodontics. Even when early orthodontic prevention is not necessary, early evaluation still allows our orthodontist to monitor your child’s growth patterns and focus on the ideal time to begin braces after all their teeth have erupted.
Call 978.345.7988 or click here to request your child’s complimentary, no-obligation Walker Orthodontics Smile Assessment. Their free, new patient appointment includes a complete oral exam and health history, digital x-rays, an office tour, and a consultation with Dr. Walker or Dr. Neely – a $400 value!