Orthodontics for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist starting at the age of 7. Because Dr. Koch is conservative with early treatment, orthodontic treatment will generally begin after your child is 12-13 years old, but we’d love to see your child earlier to monitor his/her growth and development. At this age, we can often prevent big orthodontic problems by doing something as simple as removing a baby tooth at the right time.

Symptoms of Orthodontic Problems in Kids

As a parent, you might not realize when your child has a problem and requires orthodontic treatment. Keep an eye out for these warning signs and make sure to schedule a checkup while your child’s jaw is still growing.

  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Missing or crowded teeth
  • Noticeable overbite or underbite
  • Mouth breathing, thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
  • Delayed or early loss of baby teeth
  • Gap between top and bottom teeth while biting
  • Jaws and teeth that seem out of proportion
  • Difficulty chewing, biting and speaking

How Does Orthodontic Treatment for Children Help?

Early treatment, if necessary, can help make any future orthodontic treatment a walk in the park compared to waiting too long. Dr. Koch has years of training and experience to help diagnose minor issues before they become a major pain, so set up an appointment with him today!

Early orthodontic treatment can help your child by:

Boosting self-esteem and confidence during childhood

Correcting and guiding jaw development

Helping permanent teeth come in and not get stuck

Regulating upper and lower arch width

Creating more space for crowded and new teeth

Reducing the risk of tooth decay and extractions later

Correcting tongue thrusting and thumb sucking habits

Preventing trauma or damage to protruding front teeth

Improving speech problems caused by alignment or bite issues


While a child’s first orthodontist visit should be at 7 years, there is no age limit.

The benefits of early orthodontic treatment are to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as an underbite. It also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly that reduce the chances of extractions in future.

An initial orthodontic check would ensure the permanent teeth erupt as they should and crooked teeth can be realigned.

Our pediatric dental practice team at Koch Orthodontics in Lawrenceville & Loganville, GA takes care of your child’s dental health to make sure they have a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call us today to book an appointment and our friendly and supportive staff will assist you in every way they can to assess your child’s dental health.

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