Addressing Growth and Development Issues Now Can Prevent Serious Issues in the Future

Growth and development issues can be diagnosed and treated at a young age. By being proactive, you can help prevent a host of serious health issues in the future. In Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY, Dr. L. Douglas Knight practices a comprehensive approach to orthodontics, which focuses on aesthetics, function, and health. Dr. Knight adheres to the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that children should attend their first appointment around the age of seven.

For the majority of patients, treatment is not necessary until the age of 11 or 12. However, in cases where growth issues have developed, early treatment can provide a predictable outcome, with shorter treatment time and more cost-efficiency. Dr. Knight can visit with you and your child to determine if early treatment may be necessary.

Common Growth Issues in Children

Discrepancies in the oral and maxillofacial structures can lead to more serious future problems. This is true at any age. However, treating these issues early give patients the best opportunity for long-term oral and overall health. Some common growth and development issues in children include:

  • Mouth breathing: Open mouth breathing dries out soft tissues in the mouth and throat, and can cause chronic inflammation. Mouth breathing can result in a multitude of problems, including obstructed airways, abnormal facial growth, and tooth crowding. Because it leads to compromised sleep, many researchers believe mouth breathing has a negative impact on behavioral health and academic performance.
  • Asthma: This respiratory disorder can cause significant changes to the oral and maxillofacial structures in young children, resulting in even more complex problems.
  • Compromised airways: While it is common to have congestion during an illness, it is not normal to experience chronic airway obstruction. This condition is often caused by improper position of the upper or lower jaw, and can lead to breathing disorders, bite issues, and abnormal facial growth.
  • Constricted palate: When one or more teeth are in reversed positions, this is called cross bite, and it is usually caused by a genetically constricted palate. When treated with a fixed appliance, the palate will expand into a wider and more balanced shape, preventing uneven jaw growth and encouraging better facial harmony and sinus placement.
  • Retruded lower jaw: An underdeveloped lower jaw can give the appearance of an overbite and small chin, and increases the likelihood of developing jaw dysfunction later in life, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Orthodontic intervention can bring the lower jaw into better alignment with the upper facial bones.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Sometimes issues remain unseen. By scheduling a visit with Dr. Knight, you can find out if your child is experiencing any growth or development problems. While it is recommended to schedule your child’s first appointment around age seven, it is important to bring them in sooner if you notice any abnormalities or negative habits, such as thumb-sucking or mouth breathing.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Knight will assess all aspects of the teeth, gums, lips, airways, facial muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and surrounding structures. Using the latest in diagnostic technology, x-rays and scans will be taken to evaluate the health of the jaws and joints. Once a diagnosis has been determined, Dr. Knight will discuss your options with you.

Many young patients will simply be monitored with occasional check-ups. However, for patients who can benefit from early treatment, Dr. Knight may recommend two-phase treatment to correct issues while they are still growing.

Benefits of Early Treatment

If your child has skeletal discrepancies, early care is optimal. Not only does it prevent your child from developing more serious issues in the future, but it is also more cost-effective and less invasive than waiting until they are older. Children who receive early treatment may be able to avoid orthognathic surgery as an adult. Early orthodontic treatment can:

  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Correct negative habits
  • Guide jaw growth
  • Reduce the risk of trauma by correcting overbite
  • Create beautiful, lasting aesthetics for the teeth, gums, lips, and face
  • Achieve function and health in addition to aesthetics

Schedule a Consultation

At Knight Orthodontics, patients are our top priority. We take pride in providing comprehensive care in a comfortable and friendly environment. If you are concerned your child may have growth or development issues, a complimentary orthodontic evaluation is a good place to start. Schedule an appointment online, or call us 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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Noshia Saunders
Noshia Saunders
23:43 21 Dec 17
Staff is always pleasant and I was surprised at my second visit they knew my name as soon as I walked in! Very family and community oriented.
Sentinel-7
Sentinel-7
22:40 19 Dec 17
Great service and excellent follow up appointments whether you have to have braces or anything else you need. They also have brand new, very useful and innovative technology at Knight Orthodontics. I would highly recommend it.
Grace Linscott
Grace Linscott
21:47 03 Nov 17
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Genevieve Mulkins
20:15 01 Nov 17
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George Atkins
George Atkins
13:46 01 Nov 17
The staff were all very nice and friendly! Dr. Knight had me in and out of braces very quickly and easily.
D Pedro
D Pedro
00:33 31 Oct 17
Dr. Knight did an awesome job on our child’s teeth. Other Orthodontists said the job couldn’t be done. Dr Knight not only said he could do it, he took away all our concerns. We highly recommend Knight Orthodontics!!
Emily Cyphers
Emily Cyphers
14:18 24 Oct 17
I went in for a permanent retainer repair for the first time with Dr. Knight, and had a wonderful experience. I'm new to Kentucky and he talked with me like he new me for years, he was so personable and took the time to get to know me. He had never worked on my teeth before but knew exactly what to do to re-straighten them and get a retainer back in. There is no "new patient" fee which is always nice. He seems to truly care about his patients' smile (teeth) and I will continue to come back to him for any orthodontic care.
Will Heemsoth
Will Heemsoth
21:02 11 Oct 17
Dr Knight and his staff are amazing. My son's treatment went very well and we are tremendously happy with the results. Scheduling was super easy and we always got in and out on time.
David Jones
David Jones
16:54 05 Oct 17
Dr. Knight is an expert and simply one of the best orthodontics in the area. His staff are very friendly and professional. I highly recommend, especially if you have a complex or difficult case .
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 !
Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith
20:53 10 Aug 17
All 4 of my children have had braces at Dr. Knight. He's been been wonderful and I'd highly recommend him. His staff have been really great to work with as well!
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!!
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
00:28 04 Jun 17
I have enjoyed my second round of wearing braces. He has done an excellent job correcting my bite and the time flew by. Before I knew it, my braces were coming off. Dr. Knight and his team really care and take an interest. I used the emergency number, after hours, and Dr. Knight was there for me. When my children come to the point in their life when they will need orthodontics, I will make their appointments with Dr. Knight! Thank you, Dr. Knight and team!
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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