As a parent, you might be wondering how young is too young for your child to visit an orthodontist. Well, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. We maintain that any age is a great time to visit the orthodontist.
Why is early treatment important?
- Corrects and guides the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulates the width of the upper and lower arches
- Creates more space for crowded teeth
- You will avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- It will correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
How do I know if my child should see an orthodontist?
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Please contact our offices to schedule your child’s complimentary orthodontic consultation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.