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The American Association of Orthodontics recommends for children to be evaluated by an orthodontist no later than age 7. Although children may not be ready for full orthodontic treatment at this age, by identifying and addressing orthodontic concerns early, children have a better chance of achieving a healthy and harmonious smile that lasts a lifetime.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Does Your Child Need Early Treatment
It may not always be obvious that a child needs orthodontic treatment. That's why a screening with an orthodontist is important. Some more tell-tale signs that treatment is needed are:
Early or late loss of baby teeth.
Clicking noise or shifting in the jaw.
Mouth breathing or trouble breathing at night.
Teeth that do not touch when your child bites down.
Difficulty biting or chewing.
Severe underbite or overbite.
Crowded and crooked teeth.
Thumb or finger sucking.
Benefits of Early Ortho
Early detection of orthodontic issues: An orthodontic screening allows us to identify and evaluate any potential orthodontic problems at an early stage. This is crucial because many dental and facial issues can be easier to correct if detected early. Early intervention can help prevent more serious problems from developing, leading to shorter and less complicated treatment in the long run.
Guidance for dental development: Orthodontic screenings provide valuable insight into the child's dental development. We can assess the eruption of permanent teeth and identify any abnormalities or concerns that could affect the child's oral health or bite alignment. By monitoring dental growth, we can plan for appropriate interventions and guide the child's dental development more effectively.
Preventive measures: Early orthodontic screenings can help identify risk factors for future orthodontic problems. We can provide guidance on preventive measures such as recommending habits to avoid (like thumb sucking or mouth breathing) or suggesting orthodontic appliances like space maintainers to prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on. Incorporating preventive measures can potentially save time, money, and discomfort in the future.
Psychological and social benefits: Correcting orthodontic issues not only improves oral health but also enhances a child's appearance, self-esteem, and overall well-being. By addressing crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or bite problems early on, children can experience improved confidence and better social interactions during their crucial developmental years.
Holistic dental care: Orthodontic screenings are often part of a comprehensive dental examination. During the screening, the orthodontist can identify other dental issues like cavities, gum problems, or jaw abnormalities that may require attention. The child's overall dental health can be assessed, ensuring a holistic approach to dental care.
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