Krista C. Hinchey, DMD

Phillip Strickland, DMD

Morgan Boaen Smith, DMD

Board Certified Pediatric Dentists


Growth & Development

Pediatric & Teen Orthodontics
in Savannah, Georgia


At Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry, we want to address orthodontic problems early, making treatment plans easier and more cost-effective. As a pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Krista Hinchey is an expert on the growth and development of children’s dentition, jaws, and craniofacial structures. We believe braces can improve smiles at any age, but early pediatric attention can often prevent future obstacles. Our pediatric dentist will gladly help any child or teen, along with their parent or guardian, make an informed decision concerning the optimal time for his or her treatment.


Orthodontics For Children


The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends that your child have a growth and development examination by age seven — for two very good reasons:


  • There's a wide disparity in tooth development at age seven. Our pediatric dentist will be able to tell if your child has an orthodontic problem or not. By this time, they can determine whether or not there will be adequate room in the mouth to accommodate the permanent teeth.

  • There are many conditions far easier to treat if they're caught at an early stage when a child’s natural growth is in full swing. For example, a palatal expander appliance can effectively treat a child's crossbite because their jaw is still growing rapidly. However, if left untreated, oral surgery could later be required to correct this condition.


There are other problems commonly seen in childhood that may also benefit from orthodontic treatment and braces. These include the early or late loss of baby teeth, persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, please bring them to the attention of Dr. Krista and our pediatric dental team. But keep in mind that early screening doesn't mean orthodontic treatment or braces need to start right away. In fact, most kids do not begin active orthodontic treatment until they're 9-14 years old.


Call Your Pediatric Dentist For An Early Growth & Development Evaluation Today!


As your local pediatric dentist, Dr. Krista Hinchey wants to ensure your child’s teeth are developing properly, with the correct bite and alignment, and if they are not, make adjustments now. To schedule an early growth and development evaluation for your child or teen, please call 912-298-KIDS (5437) or fill out our easy online form. Together, our dental team will provide the best dental care for your child to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!




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