When should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents schedule their child’s first orthodontic visit by age 7. It’s around this time that their little smiles have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and because their jaws are still developing, it’s important to monitor how adult teeth come in.

Without growth monitoring, crowding and other potential problems may make orthodontic treatment more challenging later in life.

What is Orthodontic Growth Monitoring?

As your little one grows, your Busby and Webb Orthodontics care team can help watch for orthodontic issues before they become more serious, making the work of orthodontics in their later years a lot easier. For example, we’ll monitor:

  • Potential cross-bite and open bite development
  • Obstructive breathing issues—is your child a mouth breather?
  • Position of baby and permanent teeth
  • Dental overcrowding or spacing which could hinder or affect permanent tooth development or position
  • How permanent teeth come in
  • Teeth at risk for injury or decay due to protrusion or overcrowding
  • Harmful habits that may cause orthodontic problems (thumb sucking)
  • Oral hygiene and overall dental health
  • A balanced facial appearance
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We Make Orthodontics Fun for Kids

Their free membership in Growth Guidance includes all kinds of free swag, birthday surprises, extra encouragement, and prizes—like we said: FUN!

Our goal is that, whether it’s their own appointments or if they’re just tagging along with a sibling, kids love coming to see us and learning how important taking care of their smiles is in the process.

It’s easy (and did we mention FUN?). Schedule your first, free consultation to get your little one started today!

Sign up for our Growth Guidance Program!

In Their Own Words: Patient Reviews

Round 2 of braces and will have to say that this places gets more than 5 star rating. Best experience I have ever had at an orthodontist. Can’t wait to see final outcome😁
Courtney B.
Busby & Webb are amazing, awesome customer service & friendly! On a Friday, my sons wire came loose & was poking his gum, I called the emergency line. Not only did they did it squared away (10am on a Saturday!) I spoke with someone immediately, no voicemail. They are all around great, my son loves them as well.
Kaitlyn E.
They listened to all of my concerns, and I felt that they genuinely cared for each one of them!
Jacob R.
Had a wonderful experience here! Thankful for the kind people that took such good care of me!
Ashley O.
Super clean and efficient! Prices comparable with others in town. Work well with school student schedules. Highly recommend.
Deona B.
Each and every staff member we interacted with was fantastic! When we had issues after hours, we were helped quickly. We thank all at Busby and Webb for helping Quinton get a beautiful smile and a load of confidence! We recommend this group to anyone needing these services!!
Quinton J.

Visit Your Local Salisbury, Statesville, and Albemarle Area Orthodontists

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Busby and Webb Orthodontics – Salisbury

203 Mocksville Ave, STE A, Salisbury, NC, 28144-3360
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Busby and Webb Orthodontics – Statesville

1424C Fern Creek Dr, Statesville, NC, 28625-9376
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Busby and Webb Orthodontics – Albemarle

1812 Badin Rd, Albemarle, NC, 28001-9742