Early Orthodontic TreatmentMany people undergo orthodontic treatment during their preteen or teenage years, but the American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed by the age of 7!

Early orthodontic treatment can have many benefits for children. The most obvious is that it improves the child’s smile and bite. It also helps with speech problems and chewing difficulties, which are common in those who have misaligned teeth. By early intervention, orthodontists can correct many problems with teeth and jaws while the child is still growing to prevent more serious orthodontic issues in the future.

When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

The best time for a child’s first orthodontic visit is when the child is around 7 years old. This is because the bones in the child’s mouth are still growing and can be corrected more easily at this age. If you wait until adulthood to begin orthodontic treatment, the bones are no longer growing and the teeth are more difficult to move. This can often lead to longer treatment times and even the need for surgery in some cases.

Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Some of the benefits of early orthodontic treatment include:

  • Improving the child’s bite.
  • Reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Correcting the alignment of the teeth.
  • Improving the child’s self-esteem.

In addition, early treatment may save the family money in the long run. This is because orthodontic issues that are left untreated may become more severe and require more extensive (and expensive) treatment later on.

Tips For Parents Considering Early Orthodontic Screening

If you’re considering early orthodontic treatment for your child, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Speak with an orthodontist to see if early treatment is right for your child. Each case is different, so it’s important to get professional advice.
  • Make sure you’re comfortable with the orthodontist you choose. You want to be sure you’re working with someone you trust!
  • Be patient. Early treatment may take some time and lifestyle changes, but it will be worth it in the end!

If you think your child may benefit from early orthodontic treatment, request a complimentary consultation online or call our office at (803) 402-3838.