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Six warning signs in 7 year olds

"Bite Down Early" is a program that allows you to evaluate the alignment of your child's teeth and make a preliminary assessment of potential problems.  Remember, early orthodontic treatment can help minimize the need for more extensive treatment at a later date, such as extraction of permanent teeth.  Early treatment may also help your child's self-esteem - a fragile asset that's so important in growing up.

1. Do the upper teeth protrude?
Excessive protrusion of the upper front teeth - "bucked teeth" - is a very common orthodontic problem

2. Is there a deep bite?
The upper front teeth sometimes cover more than half of the lower front teeth when a child bites down.

3. Is there an crossbite?
The upper teeth in some children fit inside the arch of the lower teeth.  This may occur with the front or back teeth.

4. Is there an open bite?
A child with an open bite can stick his or her tongue between the upper and lower front teeth when the back teeth are together.

5. Are the front teeth crowded?
Many children have jaws that are not large enough to fit all of their permanent teeth into.

6. Are the midlines off?
The spaces between the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth should line up with each other and both should line up with the bridge of the nose.  When they do not, the probable cause is drifted teeth or a shifted lower jaw, resulting in the improper bite.

If you answered YES to some of these questions, please contact us for a FREE comprehensive orthodontic examination.  For a list of qualified orthodontic specialists outside of West Tennessee, contact the American Association of Orthodontists.

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