At some point in time, nearly every parent or guardian thinks about whether their child will need to have orthodontic treatment to address crooked teeth or jaw irregularities. Since dental characteristics are an inherited trait, if a biological parent had or should have had orthodontic treatment there is a high probability that his or her child will need treatment as well.
How Do I Know When to Schedule My Child’s First Orthodontist Visit?
Unless some kind of anomaly is recognized, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAOO) recommends that children see an orthodontist before they reach the age of 7.
When it comes to pediatric orthodontic treatment, early intervention is key.
Recognizing and treating dental anomalies while they are still developing can make any future orthodontic treatment the child needs less complicated as well as less costly.
Furthermore, when treatment is sought early, an orthodontist can monitor the child’s growth and help guide the child’s jaw into place to better position the permanent teeth as they erupt.
When teeth are overcrowded, they are difficult to clean, which means that cavity development is more likely. Your child needs his or her teeth to last a lifetime, so by addressing orthodontic issues early on, you are taking steps towards helping your child properly care for his or her teeth because straighter teeth make proper dental care easier.
When to See an Orthodontist: Issues That May Require Orthodontic Treatment
As a child loses primary teeth, the secondary teeth begin to emerge. These secondary teeth will start aligning with the other teeth in the mouth. As these secondary teeth erupt, parents and guardians should look inside their child’s mouth to make sure everything looks normal. If there are any anomalies present, an appointment should be made with an orthodontist.
There are several telltale signs parents and guardians can watch for that indicate a child needs braces or some other type of orthodontic device. The most common sign is bite misalignment. Bite misalignment refers to how well the child’s top and bottom jaws line up.
Types of Bite Misalignment:
- An overbite – the upper front teeth extend out further than the lower front teeth.
- A crossbite – the teeth in the upper arch sit behind the teeth in the lower arch while at rest.
- An underbite – the lower front teeth extend out further than the upper front teeth.
Sometimes the permanent teeth begin emerging directly behind the primary teeth they are supposed to replace. In order to allow the permanent teeth to grow in unimpeded, the corresponding primary teeth need to be removed.
Signs of Overcrowding or a Small Palate
If you notice that your child is having problems breathing or chewing, this could indicate overcrowding or a small palate that cannot accommodate all the new teeth that are emerging. If these signs are present, contact a Smile Workshop dentist near you to schedule an appointment with a caring, friendly and experienced orthodontist today.
When Should Adults Consider an Orthodontist?
Many times, orthodontic issues are corrected during childhood, however, there are adults who have misaligned, overcrowded teeth that have yet to be addressed. If you have been wondering when to see an orthodontist, age is irrelevant and advancements in the field of orthodontic dentistry have made it possible for people to straighten their teeth discreetly. So, no matter what your age, if you would like to address orthodontic issues, contact the Smile Workshop today.
Whether you think that your child needs braces or you are interested in straightening your teeth, the Smile Workshop can help. Contact the office today at 1-888-833-8404 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced orthodontists. Providing your child with orthodontic treatment now can go a long way in preventing future problems. And once your child’s treatment is complete, his or her smile will look more beautiful and brilliant than ever before.