Early Orthodontics

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True Children's Orthodontic Treatment Downriver

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be examined by an orthodontist at age 7, or as early as age 3 for certain problems. Common problems that Dr. Lupini addresses early include crossbite correction, open bite, deep bite, oral habits, jaw growth imbalances, protruding front teeth, severe crowding and spacing, crooked teeth, interproximal reduction, and impacted or ectopic teeth.

If Dr. Lupini determines that your child is not ready for early treatment, he will recommend follow-up visits to evaluate growth and development, then determine the appropriate time to begin treatment. Dr. Lupini prefers to limit first-stage treatment time by 12 to 18 months to promote patient cooperation. For these patients, he may consider a second phase of treatment after the majority of permanent teeth have erupted. Other children can be efficiently treated with comprehensive single-phase treatment. Dr. Lupini typically initiates this treatment when your child is between 10 and 13 years of age.

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Parents Should Look for These Problems

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Thumb- or finger-sucking habits
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek or roof of mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Bruxism, teeth grinding or teeth clenching

If you notice any of these issues with your child, please make an appointment with Dr. Lupini. We take special care of our child patients and even provide TMJ treatment. Parents are welcome to stay with or visit their child chairside throughout treatment. When you are searching for a “best orthodontist” to have children’s orthodontics done right, call True Orthodontics. Call 734-304-5030 or 734-530-3567 in Wyandotte. Or use our convenient online appointment request form. Our young patients come to us from southeastern Michigan, Downriver including: Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Wyandotte, Taylor, Lincoln Park, Southgate, Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, and surrounding communities.

We Are Always Accepting New Patients