When should my child first see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be examined by an orthodontic specialist by age 7. Early evaluation by an orthodontist can help to ensure that potential problems are detected early and are addressed before they have progressed significantly.
Why would my child need orthodontic treatment so early?
Some orthodontic problems are more easily treated when detected early. At Miami Orthodontic Specialists, we will evalualuate what is most appropriate. In certain cases, interceptive (or Phase I) treatment can prevent your child from needing more invasive treatment when they are older. By age 7, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually erupted into place. This makes it the perfect time to evaluate whether your child may be developing a crossbite, overbite, underbite, impacted teeth or severe crowding.
Do all children need orthodontic treatment this early?
No! In fact, most parents are relieved after we evaluate their child and discover that orthodontic treatment is not needed right away. If your child is not ready for treatment, we will place them in an observation program where they will be examined at regular intervals to ensure that their dental development and facial growth are on track.
What happens if I put off my child’s orthodontic treatment?
The problem with waiting for complete eruption of permanent teeth when a child has severe crowding or a jaw discrepancy is the possibility of missing out on growth potential, leading to a compromised result that may not be stable. Treatment at a later age may require a more aggressive treatment plan to achieve a satisfactory result.
If your child is age 7 or older, call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We offer this initial examination free of charge because we know how crucial it is for you to fully understand your child’s treatment needs and treatment options before investing in orthodontic care.