Q: When should your child’s first orthodontic check-up be?
A: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontic check-up should be no later than age 7. An orthodontic examination at this age can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. This is important because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early.
Q: What are the advantages of early orthodontic treatment?
A: Early orthodontic treatment can correct harmful oral habits, guide permanent teeth into a more favorable and functional position, guide jaw growth and reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery. It can simplify and shorten treatment time for future orthodontic treatment, improve speech development and preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth.
Q: How do I know if my child needs orthodontic attention?
A: If your child has large gaps between their teeth or visible crowding and is having difficulty chewing or biting don’t hesitate to speak with the dentist. Early or late loss of baby teeth or an unbalanced facial appearance may also indicate the need for orthodontic intervention. Early orthodontic examinations can diagnose issues with the growing jaw bone in children. A jaw positioned too far forward or too far back and upper and lower teeth that don’t meet or meet in an uncomfortable way can be identified and corrected before any further complications arise.
Q: What are some of the long-term benefits of orthodontics?
A: By putting teeth into proper alignment braces can enhance facial appearance and provide optimal functionality of the jaw and teeth. Corrective orthodontics can improve self-esteem and boost ones confidence by eliminating the gaps and crowded teeth. Minimizing crowding in a child’s mouth may help to improve their long term oral health as it becomes easier to clean between the teeth and floss which can prevent gum disease or tooth decay.