Orthodontic check-up for children

In general, most people associate orthodontics with teenagers, because most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14. However, some orthodontic problems and some skeletal alignment problem are easier to correct when they’re found early.  At age 7, most children have a mix of newly erupted adult teeth while many baby teeth are still remaining, allowing an orthodontist to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, to start monitoring your child’s case and to begin treatment at the best time possible. Therefore, it is important to have an orthodontic check-up for your child no later than age 7 eventhough your child looks "normal" to you or in the layman's eyes.  For this reason,  the American Association of Orthodontists recommends check-ups at age 7.

Early treatment often involves the use of orthodontic appliances, which help to guide the growth of your child’s bones and provide a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In some cases the results would have been impossible to achieve after the jaws and face have stopped growing.

Early treatment allows for your orthodontist to do the following:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Improve the way the lips meet

 

Book and orthodontic check-up today and let us help you create a beautiful smile for your child.