Whitlock Orthodontics - Springdale & Fort Smith, AR

Age 7 is the magic number for an orthodontic check-up

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Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see Dr. Boyd Whitlock for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later […]

Ask Dr. Whitlock: When should my child come in for a check-up?

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Many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit Whitlock Orthodontics, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven? […]

The Myths and Facts of Orthodontics, from Dr. Whitlock

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Dr. Whitlock knows there are quite a few myths about orthodontists circulating around these days. Before you buy into those myths, he thinks you should get the facts! The staff at Whitlock Orthodontics came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some excellent […]

When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary? — Whitlock Orthodontics Explains

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Usually patients in orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – but in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.” When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, […]

When is Thumb-Sucking a Cause for Worry? Whitlock Orthodontics Explain

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Lots of you have asked us at Whitlock Orthodontics about whether it’s healthy for children to suck thumbs (or, less frequently, fingers). If you’ve got a thumb-sucker in the house, you are not alone. Research tells us that between 75% and 95% of infants suck their thumbs. Is this anything to worry about? In most […]

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