Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
what a childhood orthodontic evaluation can do
Dr. Oppenhuizen can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present, and while your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, Dr. Oppenhuizen may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring your child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, Dr. Oppenhuizen might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
early treatment considerations
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, Dr. Oppenhuizen will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. Early treatment may give Dr. Oppenhuizen the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. Creating masterpiece smiles is what we love to do!
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