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.
There are 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. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a 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
To schedule a consultation for your child to visit Parks Orthodontics, please give us a call 757.874.6655 or fill out our online form. We will provide your child with an initial exam including before pictures, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.