We’re often asked about the best time to have children evaluated for orthodontic treatment. The challenge is that (as we all know!) every child is different. However, a good milestone is around age seven. At the age of seven, a child’s jaw is developed enough, and he or she has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to tell if there are any current issues, or any that may come up down the line.
We talk a lot about early intervention in our orthodontic treatment because there are numerous benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to extract teeth. That’s because, when we see children early enough, we can minimize crowding to make room for teeth that have yet to come in, help to guide jaw growth and work to correct the results of bad habits like thumb sucking before they turn into larger orthodontic issues.
Here are signs that you can look for that will help you to identify when’s the right time for an orthodontic visit:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting into food
- Grinding/clenching of teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Teeth that look crowded in the mouth
- Jaw shifts or jaw noises like popping
- Teeth that meet abnormally or do not meet at all/ protruding teeth
- Jaw and teeth that do not appear to be proportionate to your child’s face
Keep in mind that these signs do not guarantee that your child needs treatment, but they may indicate that an orthodontic evaluation may be a good idea to consider.
Do these signs look familiar? We’re here to help. At Haas Family Orthodontics we offer complimentary new patient exams.
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