Orthodontic Specialties, P.C.
Locations in Rockford & Belvidere, Illinois
Se habla español


Early treatment (ages 4 to 9) is an effective way to address crowding, crossbite, severe overbites and overjet, close an open bite and help break oral habits. Many children that are treated at this early age eliminate the need for full treatment as a teen or lessen the problems to short, detail-oriented treatment. This can save money in the long run. Invisalign or other alignment retainers can sometimes be used as a teen to detail minor residual problems.

The focus for children is getting the bones in the correct relationship to one another and to the face of the growing child. Often times, it is the bones, not the teeth that are the culprit in causing crowding or overjet/overbites.

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Crossbite (anterior or posterior) can lead to shifting of the jaw while closing or eating. This can lead to skeletal asymmetries or altered development of the TMJ’s. These should be treated as soon as the child can be worked on to encourage normal growth and development. Dr. Murphy agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists’ view of having your child screened by age 7. More severe problems should be screened when the child can be examined and worked on without the need for gas or drugs. This can be as early as age three.

An orthodontic evaluation does not require a referral from your dentist as in the medical field.

Problems to Watch for in Seven Year Olds

Anterior Crossbite Anterior Crossbite

Posterior Crossbite Posterior Crossbite

Crowding Crowding

Open Bite Open Bite

Protrusion Protrusion

Ectopic Eruption Ectopic Eruption

Complete Class III Complete Class III

Diastema Diastema

Oral Habits Oral Habits

Orthodontic Specialties, P.C.

Orthodontic Specialties, P.C. — Orthodontics by Dr. Dean J. Murphy

We accept insurance.

2835 McFarland Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
(One block South of Woodman’s)
Se habla español.

1670 Henry Luckow Ln, Belvidere, IL 61008
(One block East of Post Office)

Member American Association of Orthodontists


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