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Children’s Orthodontics

Is Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children Necessary?

Parents are usually relieved to learn that children’s orthodontics in San Antonio, TX, 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 Dr. Cochran is not simply for aesthetics but will help 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 Cochran 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 may not be 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? Cochran Orthodontics is here to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Signs That Your Child Needs an Orthodontic Evaluation

Treatment at this early stage may not even be necessary. However, it is especially important to schedule a screening with Dr. Cochran 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 parents don’t need to rush into obtaining braces for their young children, some oral health issues can be 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
  • Injury to protruding teeth

Our Process

When your child comes in for their initial appointment, Dr. Cochran will perform a thorough evaluation of their smile and bite. This will allow him to determine which type of treatment will be best suited to their needs. He will also take the time to educate you and your child on what to expect from treatment, plus answer any questions you may have prior to beginning treatment.

Schedule an Appointment for Children’s Orthodontics in San Antonio, TX

To experience our 5-star-rated orthodontic care, schedule your Complimentary Cochran Orthodontics New Patient Assessment today by calling (210) 714-5525 to reach our orthodontic office. You may also click here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:

  • Discuss Your Goals
  • Thorough Exam & Digital X-Rays
  • Custom Treatment Plan
  • Discuss Flexible Financing Options

During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!

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Great staff with ease of appointments. I would recommend Dr. Cochran without hesitation.Linda Seavey
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Meet Dr. Devin Cochran Dr. Devin Cochran is a top-rated orthodontist in San Antonio, TX, who has been transforming smiles since 1985! In addition to his extensive experience, he brings compassionate and personalized care to our patients every day. Dr. Cochran's mission is to provide high-quality care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. He specializes in all aspects of orthodontics including traditional braces, clear, lingual (hidden), and Invisalign. Dr. Cochran invites you to discuss your goals at your complimentary initial appointment and look forward to helping you achieve your best smile! Learn More About Dr. Cochran
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  • Custom Treatment Plan
  • Discuss Flexible Financing Options
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