Affiliated Dental Specialists

Orthodontics For Children & Teens

in Gurnee & Vernon Hills

Here at the Vernon Hills and Gurnee, IL orthodontics offices of Dr. Gary Klein and Dr. Thomas Lim, we agree with the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to guide the growth of the teeth and bone structure during their optimal growth periods. This also allows us to identify current and potential orthodontic problems that will lead to the most effective treatments.

Our doctors encourages all parents to bring their children in for an early orthodontic evaluation. Even if our Vernon Hills orthodontists determine it is too early for treatment, our team will be able to determine when your child will be ready and when treatment should begin. Early orthodontics for children & teens can be a huge advantage for the future of your child’s oral health.

The Benefits of Early Orthodontics For Children & Teens

Early orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for so many of our young and adolescent patients. Because a young person’s permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate tooth and jaw relationships and address any problems at their earliest stage. With early orthodontic treatment, we can:

  • Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserve space for unerupted teeth
  • Reduce the need for tooth removal
  • Reduce the treatment time with braces
  • Prevent malocclusions (bad bites)

What We Look For

During your child’s first orthodontic examination, Dr. Klein will be looking for:

  • Periodontal (gum) problems related to crooked teeth
  • Jaw growth imbalances such as facial asymmetry
  • Bite problems such as overbite and underbite
  • Crowding and unerupted (impacted) teeth
  • Space loss that requires preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Narrow arches that can result in a crossbite
  • Jaw joint and jaw dysfunction (TMD)

Schedule an Appointment Today

To schedule a consultation, contact our Vernon Hills or Gurnee orthodontics offices to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve children and teens from Grayslake, Libertyville and Lindenhurst, IL as well as the surrounding communities. We look forward to meeting you and seeing your child smile!

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