Orthodontics and growing childrenThe American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
Are you wondering when you should bring your child to the orthodontist? You may have heard that you should wait until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Dr. Broadbent recommends that you schedule your child for an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists.
Some things that may be seen before all permanent teeth have come in are:
- Problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while there are still baby teeth present.
- Your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, but there may be underlying problems that can only be detected by an orthodontic specialist.
- An orthodontic evaluation may reveal that your child’s bite is fine Or, Dr. Broadbent may notice a developing problem and recommend observing your child’s growth and development over a time period, and then, if indicated, start treatment at the right time for your child. In other cases, the doctor might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.\
- Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing. This type of treatment may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, Dr. Broadbent will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once jaws have finished developing.
- Early treatment may give Dr. Broadbent the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
- Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you will be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
If your child is older than 7, it is not too late to schedule an orthodontic evaluation!