Reasons to Take Your Child to the Orthodontist Today
Posted on 10/15/2020

Many of us know that it really is never too late to begin the orthodontic process, but did you know that starting the orthodontic process sooner makes it more effective? It’s recommended that children see an orthodontist by age 7. Here are some reasons to take your child or teen to see the orthodontist today:

Identifying Potential Issues Early

Around the time a child turns 7, their adult molars usually have emerged establishing their back bite. An orthodontist can evaluate the tooth relationships thus providing them with insights on potential growth problems like crowded teeth, an overbite, or underbite.

Look at Non-Erupted Teeth

Even if all your child’s teeth haven’t erupted yet, the orthodontist can take x-rays to see what is happening below the gums. They’ll be able to look at things like the position and growth of bones and joints in relation to the teeth that have yet to erupt. Through doing this, this allows the orthodontist to plan out any needed treatment early to achieve the best outcome.

Guiding Proper Jaw Growth

Occasionally children need help to guide their jaw growth in order to create a proper bite. If started early enough, this can be accomplished by using special orthodontic appliances to guide this growth while they’re still developing.

Easier and Less Costly Treatment when You Begin Sooner

Many orthodontic problems can be treated when your child begins their orthodontic treatment sooner rather  than later. It’s also often less costly than when treatment is started later in life. 

Correct Poor Oral Habits

If you’ve noticed that your child swallows by thrusting their tongue forward or they’re still thumb-sucking, this can misalign teeth and alter the jaw’s shape. Thankfully there are orthodontic treatments available to help children correct these habits.

Provide Self-Confidence through a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Taking your child or teen to see the orthodontist at an earlier age can help them achieve a beautiful smile, a well-aligned bite, and develop self-confidence. Whether you’re ready to begin the orthodontic process for your teen or child or you’re wishing to learn more, contact us today. We can’t wait to help your child achieve a lasting and gorgeous smile.