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Children’s Orthodontics

Caring for Your Child’s Smile 

One of the best things you can do for your child is to ensure they have a healthy, attractive smile. Taking them to see an orthodontist at an early age is a good way to help address and treat problems before they get more involved and more costly. Unless your family’s dentist recommends otherwise, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking your child for an orthodontics screening by age seven to make sure their teeth and mouth are developing correctly and new teeth coming in right. At seven, children will have enough permanent teeth along with their baby teeth to make it possible for the orthodontist to diagnose any possible concerns.

Advantages of Early Orthodontics Screening

Getting an early start addressing orthodontic problems can make it easier than waiting until a child is in their teens. Plus younger children may not be as self-conscious about treatments that may be needed. Early diagnosis and treatment provides many advantages and can allow an orthodontist to:

  • Address thumb sucking and minor speech problems
  • Create additional space for crowded teeth
  • Reduce or eliminate treatment time needed later for braces
  • Possibly avoid teeth extractions needed later
  • Expand upper jaw as needed to eliminate crossbite

Early Indicators of Possible Orthodontic Concerns

Age seven is an ideal age to bring your child in for an orthodontics screening. You may want to bring them in even earlier if you observe any of these signs:

  • Thumb sucking or speech difficulties
  • Crowded, missing or crooked teeth
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that seem out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Teeth that don’t line up or meet in a normal manner