Many parents share the same concerns when considering orthodontics for children. Some common questions are “What age should my child see the orthodontist?”, “When should a child start orthodontic treatment?”, “What are the benefits of seeing an orthodontist at an early age?”. We are here to answer your questions, and help you navigate the world of orthodontics for your child. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it’s recommended that children visit the orthodontist by age 7. Dr. Venn can then advise if orthodontic treatment is required and when might be the best time to begin.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
By age 7, most children’s incisors and first permanent molars have usually come in. At this age an orthodontist is able to evaluate potential crossbites, crowding, and other problems. When treatment is started early, the orthodontist can also help to guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.
Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.