Children’s Orthodontics in Export, PA

Set the Foundation for Your Child’s Lifelong Healthy Smile

At DeMaria Orthodontics, children’s orthodontics in Export, PA, is not about getting braces. It’s about setting your child up for a lifetime of optimal oral health, which is affected by the proper alignment and symmetry of their smile, jaw, and face. Your child’s early evaluation with our pediatric orthodontist is not simply for aesthetics but helps guide the growth and development of their jaw and teeth – preventing more serious problems later.

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7 – the time when adult teeth are erupting. At DeMaria Orthodontics, we evaluate erupting teeth to detect issues such as a possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. We can tell if your child will benefit from early treatment, as many potential problems are not visibly apparent until prevention is too late. Beginning treatment at this optimal time not only ensures the greatest result but also means less time and expense down the road.

Not sure if your child would benefit from an orthodontic evaluation? DeMaria Orthodontics is here to answer any questions you may have about the process!

Signs That Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Assessment

Treatment at this early stage is not always necessary. However, it is important to schedule a screening with our orthodontist if you notice any of the following conditions in your child:

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Jaws that “pop” when opening and closing
  • Misaligned teeth that close abnormally or without touching
  • Jaws and teeth that are not in proportion to the rest of the face

What Is the Benefit of Early Treatment?

While there’s no need to rush into obtaining braces for your young children, some oral health issues are avoided with early screening and treatment, including:

  • Open bites – when the upper and lower teeth are unable to physically touch each other when the jaws are closed
  • Crossbites – when the two rows of teeth don’t meet correctly. A misaligned bite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, stress on the jaw muscles, headaches, and more.
  • Speech impediments – when your child’s teeth are not positioned properly, certain speech issues like a lisp, slurring words, or mispronouncing consonant sounds can result.
  • Injury to protruding teeth – Genetics and certain childhood behaviors like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can result in protruding teeth. Protruding teeth make your child more susceptible to dental trauma, but can be addressed and corrected through early evaluation.

Two-Phase Treatment

As its name implies, Two-Phase Treatment happens in two phases. The first is when the child is young, around the age of eight or nine. The second comes sometime after the age of 11. This treatment addresses severe problems, like underbite, without surgery.

Our Process

When your child comes in for their complimentary appointment, our team performs a thorough evaluation of their smile and bite. This allows our expert to determine which type of treatment is best suited to your child’s needs. We also take the time to educate you and your child on what to expect from treatment, plus answer any questions you have prior to beginning treatment.

 

Learn More About Children’s Orthodontics in Export, PA

To experience our 5-star orthodontic treatment, schedule your Complimentary Dr. DeMaria Smile Assessment today by calling 724-537-5570 or clicking here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes:

  • Discuss Your Goals & Concerns
  • Thorough Exam
  • Smile Simulation & Digital X-Rays As Needed
  • Discuss Custom Treatment Plan & Flexible Financing
  • A $275 Value, Yours For FREE!

After your assessment, you have the option to start your treatment right away and can even walk out with same-day traditional braces! We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile!

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Greensburg & Latrobe, PA, our doctor and team at DeMaria Family Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Hempfield, Ligonier & the surrounding areas.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Orthodontist in Greensburg, PA

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. DeMaria for the past several years. I am a general dentist and he has taken great care of my patients who have needed orthodontic treatment. He is kind and compassionate and offers consistent positive experiences for my kids, adults, and families.”

- Danielle J.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of DeMaria Family Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

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