This Is When Your Child Should See an Orthodontist
Many parents believe that all of their young children’s permanent teeth need to be in before they visit an orthodontist. But moms and dads need to know that not taking their child for a consultation with an orthodontist before all of a child’s second set of teeth are in can actually do more harm than good.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc. our aim is to ensure that your child can enjoy healthy, good-looking permanent teeth that will last a lifetime. By starting orthodontic care early, our knowledgeable and caring professionals ensure that your child’s oral health is in the best of hands.
Though it’s difficult to spot, a child’s mouth is constantly undergoing natural changes. A 6-year-old’s body, including the bones in his (or her) face and jaws, is continually transforming. It’s around that age that his permanent teeth start to debut. It would be ideal if the conversion transpired in a predictable order, but that’s not always the case.
Two-thirds of each tooth is under the gum, which can hide conditions that throw a wrench into the proper emergence of teeth. Luckily, though, parents can look for indications of one or more problems. Some of those indicators include mouth-breathing, and difficulties chewing biting or speaking. Dealing with those issues after all of his baby teeth have fallen out can hinder the correction process. While some youngsters can wait until all or most of their permanent teeth have come in, other children’s orthodontic problems are best treated well before that.
When it comes an orthodontic evaluation, timing is everything and based on each child’s needs. An orthodontist’s mission is to ensure that upper and lower teeth fit together and work well with each other.
The American Association of Orthodontists advises that parents take their children to an orthodontist no later than age 7. If a problem is identified and action is advised, an orthodontist can provide your child with the most suitable treatment at the most suitable time.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information about our office and many services, please call us today.