Building Lifelong Smiles with Bob Bryan Orthodontics

Choosing the right pediatric orthodontist for your child is a decision that can shape their dental health journey for a lifetime. At Bob Bryan Orthodontics, we understand that your child's smile is a canvas for their self-esteem, their confidence, and their future. We offer orthodontic expertise that ensures a nurturing environment where your child's comfort and happiness come first.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early intervention, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), is a key principle that sets our practice apart. This proactive approach allows us to monitor your child's dental development closely, anticipating and addressing any potential issues before they become more complex.

The Ideal Starting Point

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment is around the age of 7. This early age might seem surprising, but it's rooted in the belief that proactive monitoring and timely intervention can yield the most favorable results.

At this age, children typically have a mix of both baby (primary) and permanent teeth, and their jaws are still in the crucial stages of growth. This unique window of opportunity allows us to guide their dental development better than when they are already in their teenage years.

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment


Early orthodontic treatment is a wise investment in your child's dental health and future smile. At Bob Bryan Orthodontics, we believe that timely intervention can yield numerous benefits that go beyond aesthetics, including:

Recognizing the Need to Consult an Orthodontist

Early or Late Loss of Baby Teeth
Teeth should typically follow a natural shedding pattern. Early or delayed loss of baby teeth may indicate orthodontic issues.
Difficulty Chewing or Biting
If your child experiences pain or discomfort while chewing or biting, it may signal alignment problems.
Mouth Breathing
Chronic mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems and should be evaluated.
Jaws Shifting or Clicking
If your child's jaw shifts or clicks when they open or close their mouth, it may be related to a bite issue.
Cheek Biting
In a normal bite, the upper teeth hold the cheeks away from the lower teeth while chewing. Frequent cheekbiting may suggest a crossbite or other alignment issue.
Facial Imbalance
Pay attention to the overall appearance of your child's face. Significant facial asymmetry may be related to dental or jaw alignment problems.
Speech Problems
Speech impediments, such as lisping or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, can be linked to orthodontic issues.
Thumb Sucking or Pacifier Use Beyond Age 3
Prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use can impact dental development and should be addressed.
Crowded or Crooked Teeth
Observe the alignment of your child's teeth. If they appear crowded, crooked, or misplaced, orthodontic treatment may be needed.
Open Bite
An open bite is when the upper and lower front teeth do not touch when the back teeth are closed, which may affect speech and chewing.
A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth when the jaw is closed. It can lead to uneven tooth wear and should be corrected.
Excessive overbite, where the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth significantly, can lead to jaw problems and should be assessed.
An underbite is when the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth when the jaw is closed. This can affect speech and facial appearance.
Early Orthodontic Concerns
If your child's dentist or orthodontist identifies potential orthodontic problems, it's crucial to follow up with an evaluation.
Genetic Factors

If there is a family history of orthodontic issues, your child may be more susceptible, and an early evaluation is advisable.

Two-Phase Treatment: A Path to Lifelong Smiles


Two-phase treatment is a distinctive approach we offer at Bob Bryan Orthodontics, designed to address orthodontic concerns in two stages: early childhood and the preteen years. This approach ensures that your child's smile not only looks its best but also functions optimally throughout their life.

Phase One: Early Intervention (Ages 7-9)

Starting around the ages of 7 to 9, Phase One of our Two-Phase Treatment focuses on early intervention. At this stage, your child typically has a mix of baby and permanent teeth and is still experiencing active jaw growth. Our aim during this phase is to:

Phase Two: Preteen Orthodontics (Ages 11–12)

After a resting period following Phase One, we move into Phase Two, usually around ages 11 to 12. This phase typically lasts between 12 and 20 months and focuses on fine-tuning your child's smile for a natural and harmonious appearance. During Phase Two, we use appliances and techniques to ensure that their permanent teeth emerge in the right positions.

What to Expect During an Early Orthodontic Evaluation

An early orthodontic evaluation is a crucial milestone on the path to ensuring your child's dental health and a beautiful smile. At Bob Bryan Orthodontics, we want to keep you informed every step of the way so you can feel secure about your child’s orthodontic care journey.

Comprehensive Examination
Our pediatric orthodontist in Allentown & Hamburg PA, Dr. Robert “Bob” Bryan, will conduct a thorough examination of your child's teeth, jaws, and facial structure. This examination allows us to assess their dental and orthodontic needs comprehensively. 
Diagnostic Imaging
To gain a comprehensive understanding of your child's oral health, we may use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, such as X-rays or 3D scans. Unlike traditional putty impressions, digital imaging today is more comfortable and quick for young patients.
Discussion and Consultation
Following the examination and imaging, we will sit down with you and your child to discuss our findings. Dr. Bob will explain any orthodontic issues we've identified and provide treatment recommendations, if necessary.
Personalized Treatment Plan
If early intervention is recommended, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child's unique needs. This plan may include the use of appliances or orthodontic braces designed to guide their dental development.
Emphasizing Comfort and Care
Throughout this process, we prioritize your child's comfort and well-being. Our team is dedicated to creating a positive and stress-free experience during their orthodontic journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Book Your Child’s Consultation Today!

Discover your child’s orthodontic needs today with a consultation with our pediatric orthodontist Allentown & Hamburg PA, Dr. Bob Bryan. Start their journey towards healthy, beautiful teeth with a trusted practice for early orthodontic care close to home.

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