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When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendations, children should have their first orthodontic evaluation before the age of 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. These early treatments can play a vital role in correcting irregular development and growth of the jaw and teeth before they worsen, saving you treatment time and money in the process.
Here are a few reasons why it is in your child’s best interest to schedule an orthodontic exam for them by the age of 7:
Why Schedule An Early Evaluation?
Early detection allows us to identify minor signs of problems in how the teeth are emerging and the jaw is growing to stop these minor problems before they become big ones.
Even if your child’s teeth appear to be straight, other potential issues can be detected by an orthodontist that might not be immediately obvious but could cause orthodontic issues down the road.
The checkup can indicate that your child’s bite is fine, or we could identify developing problems that need to be addressed. These problems are sometimes monitored for a while to ensure the proper timing of the treatment.
Early intervention makes it possible to avoid serious problems in the future. These preventative steps offer a proactive way to simplify treatment and avoid complicated procedures in adulthood.
If the face and jaw are done growing, certain results can no longer be achieved. These treatments are most effective when the bones are still forming.
Early treatment makes it possible for our doctors to:
- Guide the growth of the jaw
- Reduce the risk of damage to front teeth that are protruding
- Correct oral habits that could be harmful to your child’s dentition
- Improve the appearance of your child’s smile
- Align the permanent teeth as they are growing in
- Improve lip posture