When to Seek Earlier Treatment (age 3-5)
Certain developmental, growth, and bite problems can manifest at an early age, well before age six to eleven. When parents or pediatricians detect or suspect these issues, seeking an examination with Dr. Newhart as soon as possible is crucial. Dr. Newhart’s expertise in the growth and development of children, acquired through training at UCLA with the renowned Craniofacial Team, allows for early intervention and effective treatment.
Early orthopedic/orthodontic treatment offers several benefits. By addressing potential problems at an early stage, the need for more extensive treatment in the future can be minimized. Additionally, early treatment can positively impact a child’s self-esteem, a valuable asset during their formative years.
Signs that may indicate the need for early treatment include:
- Difficulty chewing
- Open-mouth breathing
- Crowding of baby or permanent teeth
- Jaws that click, pop, or deviate to the side
- Obvious abnormal bite development
- Obvious abnormal facial asymmetry
By addressing these issues early on, Dr. Newhart can help guide your child’s growth and development, ensuring a healthier and more harmonious oral and facial structure.