Orthodontic experts, family dentists, and pediatric dentists (pedodontists) all agree that children need to have their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they’re around 7 years old. Here’s why:
Your Child Has a “Mixed Dentition”
At age 7, most children have a combination of both primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth. This mixed dentition of teeth shows us early eruption patterns on your child’s X-rays to screen for potential bite alignment issues before they have an opportunity to worsen.
Growth Modification is Possible
Your child’s rapidly developing mouth can be intercepted, adjusting and correcting potential growth issues. This orthognathic corrective process allows for naturally straightening out the alignment of teeth and jaws while they’re still growing, rather than risking serious complications or jaw surgeries in the future.
Pediatric Orthodontic Screenings Enhance Oral Health
A properly aligned smile is less likely to be associated with gum disease, tooth decay, premature tooth loss, proper speech development, TMJ disorder, and issues related to self-esteem. Investing in your child’s tooth alignment goes further than just having an attractive smile. It impacts their health for a lifetime.
Does My Child Need Braces at a Young Age?
Early orthodontic screenings don’t necessarily mean that your child’ needs to get braces at age 7. But if they do require corrective appliances, early intervention (“phase 1 treatment”) or monitoring, it’s important to develop a relationship with an orthodontist early. An experienced orthodontist can tell you whether they need braces, or if it’s fine to wait another five years for another orthodontic evaluation.
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Looking for a great orthodontist to screen your child for early concerns? Call East Cobb Orthodontics today to reserve a complimentary consultation.