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WHEN IS IT THE RIGHT TIME TO SEE AN ORTHODONTIST?
Orthodontic care for your child is especially important – even if bite function is not an issue – having straight teeth will have a major bearing on your child’s self-confidence. Providing orthodontic care also means correcting bite abnormalities – if not corrected this could otherwise increase your child’s risk for tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.
Most parents understand how important it is to seek orthodontic care for a child and understand the importance of treatment of alignment problems. However, one of the most frequently asked questions Amazing Smiles Orthodontics receives is: “What is the best time to start orthodontics for my child?”
What are the benefits of starting early?
Children should have their first orthodontic visit before the age of seven, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. When a child see’s an orthodontist before their adult teeth have come in, both the parent and orthodontist can work together on the best treatment plan suited for your child to help prevent or reduce alignment problems that could occur once their adult teeth emerge. By seeing an orthodontist by age seven, this could mean treatment will go a lot faster and will be more budget friendly!
Most parents assume you should wait until all your child’s adult teeth come in before seeing an orthodontist. However, this isn’t the case – you want to schedule your first consultation with an orthodontist before adult teeth take over.
Many ask why age seven is the magic number…and the answer is…. most children’s adult teeth are emerging as well as their molars. There are a few more benefits to seeing an orthodontist early. At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we can identify potential alignment issues early on, and we work with parents on the treatment plan that fits your child’s needs. In addition, seeing an orthodontist while your child is in their younger years reinforces the importance of caring for their teeth, teaching them best practices for teeth cleaning and adjusting early on to the idea of orthodontic treatment.
Schedule your child’s evaluation today
Amazing Smiles Orthodontics offers many tops of treatment. We believe in customizing every patients treatment. Bring your child in by age seven helps to start early treatment and ensure your child gets the most appropriate care at the beginning! To schedule your child’s orthodontic evaluation, fill out this form: