Contact Info

Mt Vernon: (740) 397-2111
Heath: (740) 281-0445


When to Visit Your Local Heath & Mount Vernon Orthodontist

At Wigal Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing personalized care for all our patients, including the children in your family. We recognize that many children are hesitant, or even afraid, to visit the orthodontist for the first time. We remedy this by offering a welcoming and family-friendly environment for our patients. When it comes to orthodontics and early treatment in the Heath and Mount Vernon, OH areas, you won’t find a better fit for your children!

Upon reaching the age of seven, The American Association of Dentists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic screening. Dr. Wigal and the entire team at Wigal Orthodontics agree with this recommendation. When a child is treated early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more severe. Since the child’s permanent teeth haven’t finished erupting, we can evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships of the teeth and address any problems at their earliest stage.

Your Child’s First Visit At Wigal Orthodontics

During your child’s initial visit, we will check for a variety of problematic areas. Some of these are:

  • Potential crowding
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Gummy smiles

It’s possible that treatment won’t be needed at the time or even at all. If treatment is necessary though, we will create a specialized treatment plan that will be the most beneficial for your child.

What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?

Early treatment for your child is advantageous when it comes to dental health. Some examples of their results include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Created room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reduced need for tooth removal
  • Reduced risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserved space for teeth that have yet to erupt
  • Reduced time needed with braces
  • Influenced jaw growth to create facial symmetry

Should My Child Receive Orthodontic Treatment?

A few of the signs that your child may require orthodontic treatment include:

  • Losing baby teeth too early or too late
  • Difficulty with biting or chewing food
  • Crowding of the teeth
  • Teeth that are misaligned when biting down
  • Jaw joints popping and causing pain
  • Thumb sucking
  • Breathing through the mouth

Contact Your Local Heath and Mount Vernon Orthodontist!

If you feel like your child may need to see an orthodontist, you can schedule an appointment with us through our appointment request page. If you have any questions about childhood treatments or anything else about orthodontics, please feel free to contact us and a member from our team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, you can give us a call at our Heath office at (740) 281-0445 or our Mount Vernon office at (740) 397-2111. We hope to see you soon!