Get a Head Start on a Beautiful Smile

As a parent in Puyallup, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.

The team at Nordberg Orthodontics will treat your children like our own by giving them the best possible orthodontic care.

Kids Should Get an Orthodontic Check-Up By 7

By age seven, your child's teeth have developed enough for Dr. Nordberg to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present.

At this check-up, Dr. Nordberg may determine that your child’s bite is fine.

Or, Dr. Nordberg may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for your child.

In other cases, Dr. Nordberg might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

What Is Early Treatment?

Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment shorter and less complicated at a later age.

In some cases, Dr. Nordberg can achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Choosing the Best Time for Treatment

While not every kid will need braces at the same time, we usually recommend treatment between the ages of 9-14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.

If Dr. Nordberg thinks your child will need treatment, he’ll let you know when it will be best to start. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Hybrid appliances

Signs the Bite's Not Right

It's not always easy to tell when your child may need braces or has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite.

Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:

  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that are too far forward or back
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • An unbalanced facial appearance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Protruding teeth
  • Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way

Learn More at Your Free Consultation

If your child has a dental issue, please contact us by setting up a free consultation at our Nordberg Orthodontics.

We can talk about your child's orthodontic options and develop a treatment plan customized to your child's needs.