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At What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Consultation?

Early identification, precise diagnosis and efficient treatment of teeth problems can alleviate immense suffering for children and prevent tooth problems that may occur in the future. An early orthodontic visit can help cut costs for dental treatment.

 

At what age should your child have an orthodontic consultation? The best age recommended for a child to have this consultation is at the age of seven. By this age, most problems that can be harmful to the teeth and jaw development can be identified. Some of these can be treated quickly and enhance ideal growth and development into the teen years.

 

The doctor will see subtle jaw growth and budding teeth problems while some baby teeth are present. While the teeth may appear straight, some problems can only be detected by an orthodontic provider. Early treatment may prevent serious problems from coming up and will make treatment later on shorter and less complicated, or avoid it altogether.

 

Early detection and treatment may give your doctor the chance to guide jaw growth, reduce the risk of trauma for protruding front teeth, correct damaging oral habits, improve your child’s bite and improve your child’s appearance. The doctor will look for;

 

Tooth Loss and Eruption: Teeth are typically lost in a specific order. Deviations from the order may indicate a developmental problem. The child will suffer issues of teeth crowding or impaction. Some may develop significant jaw asymmetries as a result.

 

Crowding and Spacing: By age seven excessive crowding or spacing of teeth can be identified. Teeth that were prematurely lost, or never developed can cause excessive spacing or bite collapse. Crowding can be controlled by expanding arches or even removing some teeth.

 

Protrusive Front Teeth: by age 7, the front teeth can stick out in an unsafe and unattractive manner. The severity of protrusion can be reduced for young patients even before a tooth is fully grown.

 

Alignment: Crooked teeth can impact a child’s self-esteem. By age 7, the doctor will be able to align them for enhanced function and esthetics.

 

Underbites: It is important to normalize the anterior bite early to get rid of any bite shifting and harm to the front teeth caused by traumatic occlusion. Though you may not accomplish definitive correction, the severity of the problem is restricted.

 

Anterior Deep bites and Open bites: By age seven, the doctor can detect vertical bite problems. Overlapping jaws caused by a small lower jaw can be noticed, and open bites causes can also be identified and remedial measures taken.

 

Posterior Crossbites: They cause crowding and cause a lateral shift of the jaw. At age seven, the upper jaw can be expanded to reduce overcrowding and create eruption space for the anterior teeth. Any shifting caused by a constricted upper arch can be eliminated as well.

 

In some cases, the orthodontic provider will achieve results that they may not achieve once the face and jaws are completely grown. Interceptive treatment can ensure that final results are significantly more ideal. At the same time, it gives your child an extra three to four years to have a great smile at an age when they are developing their self-image.

 

Through an early orthodontic evaluation and intervention when needed, you’ll give your child a healthy, striking smile for life!

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