When it comes to orthodontics, most parents think they have to wait until their child is a teenager to get maligned teeth fixed. However, this is not always true. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
The goal of early treatment is to stop the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jawbones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth. Through early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best chance for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites, can be inherited or induced by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits. Early treatment can be in a patient’s best interest if their problem is one that could turn more serious over time if left untreated.
Early orthodontic treatment can help with-
● Improving the bite and facial appearance
● Eliminate or cut down the need for corrective surgery later in life
● Bring down the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
● Correct oral habits adversely affecting jaw growth
● Assist in guiding the permanent teeth in the proper position
Early orthodontic treatment can be done with a fixed or removable “appliance” – a device used to move teeth, change the position of the jaw, or hold the teeth in place in order to bring about desirable changes.
If your child is suffering from any of these problems meet our orthodontist today for a consultation.