Dental Development

Pediatric Orthodontic Care in Wyckoff & Franklin Lakes

At Loeb Orthodontics, we strive to help each of our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile – and the development of the teeth during childhood is a critical element in the health of a smile during adulthood. As a leading orthodontist serving the Wayne, Franklin Lakes, & Wyckoff, NJ areas with quality orthodontic care, our mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource for orthodontic health. As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child's dental health is understand the stages of dental development and how to help them stay healthy at each stage. By educating yourself on the progression of dental development, you can serve as a resource for your child and teach them the vital oral health habits that will keep their teeth healthy over the course of their life.

The Stages of Dental Development

Did you know that babies start developing teeth before birth? After they are born, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums as early as 4 months of age. Typically, the lower central incisors break through first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically erupts by three years old. A child’s permanent teeth should start erupting around the age of 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth—32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).

Schedule an Appointment with Your Oakland, NJ Orthodontist

Instilling healthy oral hygiene habits at an early age is critical for long-term oral health. Once your child reaches age 7, it is vital to schedule an initial orthodontic evaluation to diagnose any orthodontic problems that may be present and create a plan for treatment. If your child is approaching age 7 or you feel you or your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, we would be thrilled to assist you. Call us today at (201) 337-3701 or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your child achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.