While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.  If it appears that treatment will be needed, Dr. Griffies can advise you as to the ideal time to begin.  This will give us the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Improve the way lips meet.

Problems to watch for in growing children

Anterior crossbite

Anterior Crossbite

Top teeth are behind bottom teeth. View example

Posterior crossbite

Posterior Crossbite

Top teeth are inside of bottom teeth. View example



Lack of space causes crowding as teeth erupt.

Open bite

Open Bite

Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed. View example



Upper teeth stick out beyond the lower teeth.

Ectopic Eruption

Ectopic Eruption

Ectopically erupting maxillary molar

Underbite or complete class iii


Lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed.

Diastema - spacing between teeth


Gaps between teeth

Oral habits

Oral Habits

Sucking on thumbs or fingers.  View example


Images and captions, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Straighten-up Orthodontics

910 878-5796

301 Birch St

Raeford, NC 28376


Seven Lakes Orthodontics

910 673-0820

1064 Seven Lakes Dr

West End, NC 27376