At What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

There is usually some uncertainty of the age a child should see an orthodontist. Many factors can determine the right time for orthodontic attention. It is recommended for a parent to take a child to see an orthodontist at around age 7. Early treatment is always beneficial, especially at this time.

Reasons for a child to see an orthodontist

A checkup should not be put off until when problems have developed. Most times, it is easier to correct or deal with complications when they are found early. An orthodontic checkup helps increase the chances of a child having a straight, healthy smile. A parent needs to take a child to an orthodontist no later than age 7.

Permanent teeth

Children need teeth and jaws that are aligned properly. Orthodontists specialize in correcting teeth alignment and jaw problems. An orthodontist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth in children. By age 7, a child has enough permanent teeth. An orthodontist can make an informed decision on whether any problems exist or are developing. It is possible during this period to recognize the existence of orthodontic issues.

Early treatment

An early orthodontic evaluation will give a child a good chance for a healthy smile. An orthodontist can suggest monitoring the growth and development of the child. A checkup can reveal if the bite is fine or help identify any other existing or developing problems. If necessary, treatment can begin.

In some cases, the desired outcome or results can be achieved if the jaws and face have not finished growing. Early treatment can provide the chance to guide jaw growth and permanent teeth to a better position. It can also reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth and help correct oral habits that are harmful. Treating a dental issue early can make treatment at a later age less complicated and expensive.

A healthy smile

A checkup can help a parent make sure that everything is okay. The teeth of a child may appear to be straight, however, there can be orthodontic problems that only an orthodontist can identify. If any problems are detected, the appropriate treatment will be provided. If a child will need treatment at some point, a parent should contact an orthodontist for advice about the ideal time to start.

Well-aligned teeth not only look good, but they also feel great. They contribute to good oral health and the ability to chew, bite and speak. Teeth that are not aligned well can cause dental problems. Fortunately, not all children require treatment.

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