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AGE 7 IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR CHILD TO VISIT THE ORTHODONTIST

Parents, we know you might be looking for some expert guidance on the appropriate time to take your child to the orthodontist. You don’t want to go too early. You also don’t want to wait too long. So where’s the happy medium?


The American Association of Orthodontics recommends age 7 is the most appropriate time for children to see an orthodontist. If you want a second opinion, your pediatric dentist will likely agree, depending on your child’s circumstances.


Most 7-year-olds are in a transitional period when they still have some baby teeth but also have lost some to make way for permanent teeth pushing their way through. Early intervention allows the orthodontist to identify any current or potential issues that can be minimized before they develop into more serious problems, or avoided altogether. If only the rest of parenting were that simple, right?


Orthodontists like to consult with parents early because baby teeth can actually indicate whether the permanent teeth will be aligned properly and have sufficient room in the mouth. Even if your child’s teeth look straight, there may be underlying problems that only an orthodontist can detect.


Regardless of age, if you notice your child has one or more of these common issues, then you should go ahead and schedule an appointment.


•    Crowding or spacing – a common side effect of permanent teeth forcing out baby teeth. Can also cause misalignment, crooked teeth and/or gum issues.
•    Premature or late tooth loss – there’s a standard pattern to children losing their teeth. If your child isn’t following it, there may be larger issues at play. Not to mention, you need to be able to budget for the tooth fairy – her rates these days are outrageous.
•    Underbites and overbites – another common problem among children up to 10 years old that is usually not fully correctable until later, but can be addressed to allow for an easier treatment down the road and support a more normal development.


Even if nothing is visibly wrong, there may be other cues that issues are present or developing. Pay close attention to your child’s behavior, for instance, to see if he or she has difficulty chewing or biting, struggles with speech issues or grinds teeth. Rolling of the eyes is normal and unfortunately takes years to correct in most cases.  


As elementary-aged children grow into tweens and teens they will become more aware of their outward appearance. Appropriate and timely orthodontic care will give them the self-confidence they need through those sometimes-challenging adolescent years and move into adulthood with a healthy, beautiful smile.

Contact Smile Doctors Braces to Request a Free Consultation for your child today.

 

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