Orthodontics for Children Provide a Lifetime of Benefits

Dr. L. Douglas Knight embraces a philosophy of comprehensive care. For this reason, he follows the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists, and advises that you schedule your child’s first orthodontic visit by the age of seven. During this stage of development, a few permanent teeth have erupted, making it an opportune time to detect issues and ascertain whether treatment will be necessary. At Knight Orthodontics, we are here to help you every step of the way, and conveniently offer orthodontic services to patients of all ages in our Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY locations.

How to Know If Your Child Will Need Braces

The only way to know for sure if your child will need orthodontic treatment is to have an evaluation. At Knight Orthodontics, we offer complimentary examinations for the entire family. Sometimes a general dentist will recommend you see us, but you do not have to wait on a referral. If you are concerned your child may need braces, you can contact our office to arrange a visit with Dr. Knight.

During your child’s initial examination, Dr. Knight will assess all aspects of your child’s dental health. It is important to evaluate the teeth, gums, jawbones, and muscles to identify potential problems. Modern diagnostic x-rays and scans will be taken to identify current growth development and determine the best course of action. If orthodontic treatment is recommended, a customized plan will be presented to you, including detailed information regarding appliances, length of treatment, and finances. Our team will work together with you to help determine your best and most practical options.

Benefits of Early Treatment

The majority of orthodontic patients do not need early interceptive treatment, or two-phase treatment. However, in patients where early treatment is indicated, there can be many noteworthy advantages. When early interceptive treatment is performed, it significantly reduces the probability of more invasive procedures when your child is older. The jaw is still growing during early formative years, and is an optimal time to begin treatment if it is necessary. A few simple steps can save you a lot of time, worry, and money in the future.

Early intervention is especially beneficial in cases of severe facial disharmony. For example, treatment with maxillofacial plates can correct bite problems that may be detrimental to children’s self-confidence, such as severe overbites and under bites. With this treatment, small plates are anchored directly to the facial bones, and elastics are used to apply pressure to the teeth. This encourages proper orthodontic alignment and harmony among the facial bones as they grow, rather than letting severe bite issues advance until the facial bones have finished growing.

Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment

Although we recommend scheduling an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven, there are signs you can watch for that will help determine if your child is in need of braces. Some indications may be:

  • Premature or delayed tooth loss: If primary (baby) teeth are lost either too soon or too late, it can contribute to spacing issues.
  • Abnormal occlusion: Teeth that do not fit together or do not touch at all can cause several extensive issues regarding overall dental health.
  • Chronic cheek bite: If your child constantly bites the inside of their cheek or the roof of their mouth, there is likely to be an alignment issue.
  • Mouth breathing: If your child breathes with their mouth open, it can have a serious negative impact on the development of the maxillofacial bones.
  • Thumb or finger sucking: Negative habits such as this can push teeth out of alignment or cause deformity in the developing bone structures.
  • Severe crowding: Children who have too many teeth pushed together are at risk for tooth damage and overall wear and tear. Crowding also makes routine brushing and flossing much more challenging.
  • Difficulty chewing or biting: If you notice your child has discomfort or difficulty eating, it could mean the teeth are misaligned.
  • Jaw issues: When the teeth do not fit together properly, it can put excessive pressure and stress on facial muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Call Us to Schedule a Consultation

If you think your child may need orthodontic treatment, you can arrange a complimentary visit with Dr. Knight. Even if treatment is not necessary, it is a fantastic way to introduce your child to healthy dental habits in a comfortable and fun environment! Schedule an appointment online, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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Beth Searcy
Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
Harrison Bratton
Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
Marla Harris
Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful! Marla Harris
thomas troxtle
thomas troxtle
19:20 14 Jun 17
Dr. Knight and his team are remarkable! I can't give enough positive feedback about them. Caring, kind, attentive and personal. It is definitely 100% about the clients. Great work. Life changing. 10 out of 5 stars!!
Macreena Groody
Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
I've been coming to Knight Orthodontics since I was in grade school. The team is so friendly and professional, you will always be greeted with a smile. Dr. Knight and his incredible staff make me feel right at home. Dr. Knight has done an amazing job not just on my own teeth, but on my mom and brother's as well. I highly recommend this office!
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