The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7. By this age, an orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. You don’t need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist.
Early evaluation provides timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Orthodontic intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Signs which indicate possible bite problems and early orthodontic treatment may be needed:
It’s not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Here some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
Excess spaces between teeth
Overbite, underbite, corrosible
Extra or missing teeth
Severely protruding teeth
Severely crowded teeth
Narrow upper or lower jaw
Benefits of Early Treatment:
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment? Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Preserving space for unerupted teeth
Reducing the need for tooth removal
Reducing treatment time with braces
Improve self-esteem & increase self-confidence
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems.
Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, early orthodontic treatment does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you all around.