Get the Bite Right: Starting Your Child’s Orthodontic Treatment Early

Plus, ten signs your child needs orthodontic attention

The early years of your child’s life are the most important when it comes to development and health—specifically dental health. From the emergence of the first baby teeth to later stage permanent molars, critical development is taking place within the teeth and jaws that should be examined by an orthodontist.

Doctors say that seven is actually the perfect age for this checkup because at that time, there are enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Discovering an issue while the face and jaws are still growing is best for achieving optimal results through orthodontic treatment, so the earlier the better.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), children should get a check-up at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem – even if it’s before he or she turns age seven.

How do you know if your child is experiencing an orthodontic problem?

There are several signs when it comes to discovering that your child’s teeth may need orthodontic attention—even if their teeth look perfectly straight:

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Thumb sucking
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Jaws that are too far forward or back
  • Upper and lower teeth that don’t meet or meet in an abnormal way

Beginning your child’s ortho treatment early has several benefits beyond enhancing a smile. Braces can help orthodontists guide jaw growth, decrease the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits and most importantly, it improves the child’s appearance and self-esteem!

And of course the good news is that now with AcceleDent®, your child’s orthodontic treatment can be accelerated by as much as 50%.

Is it time to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment? Check out our doctor locator to find an orthodontist near you.

(Information Source: AAO)