It is never too early to start thinking about your child’s oral health. Yet, most parents do not start considering orthodontic treatments for their children until they are teenagers and their adult teeth have fully grown in. However, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the first orthodontic examination should happen “no later than the age of 7.” That is because by age seven your child’s mouth has grown enough structure that an orthodontist can identify how it will develop when their adult teeth begin to come in. Therefore, many orthodontic problems can be diagnosed and corrected now, before they become more expensive problems down the line.
Orthodontic Issues Can Be Prevented Early
Even if your child’s teeth seem to be coming in straight, there may be underlying issues that only an orthodontist can diagnose. Many of these issues can be seen while your children still have their baby teeth. Early orthodontic diagnosis can help prevent:
- Open bites, deep bites, and cross bites
- Overjets, crowding, and spacing issues
- Teeth not growing in the right sequence
- Missing teeth, congenitally missing teeth, and ankylosed teeth
Early Childhood Orthodontic Treatments
There are many early orthodontics treatments including palatal expansion, maxillary protraction, partial braces, and space maintenance. These early orthodontic treatments can help:
- Ensure permanent teeth grow in correctly
- Reduce bite issues
- Lower the risk of protruding teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Guide the growth of the jaw bones
- Create a more attractive and healthy smile
Long Term Benefits Of Early Orthodontics
The biggest benefit of early orthodontics is to ensure your child’s long term oral health. Early orthodontics can help prevent or improve periodontal problems, issues with bone loss around teeth, and oral hygiene-related issues like cavities. Another important benefit is if you begin orthodontic treatments early with preventative maintenance, it can reduce the costs of expensive orthodontic treatments later in life. Finally, early orthodontic treatments will correct the issues that make children feel insecure about their smiles and boost their confidence through their formative years.
Don’t wait until your children are teenagers to see an orthodontist, make an appointment with Hidden Smiles now. You’ll be supporting your child’s oral health and saving money in the long run.