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June 10, 2019
Many parents associate braces and orthodontics in general with their teen years but you may be surprised to learn that the best time for your child to have their first orthodontic visit is earlier than you think. We know, we know… they’re still running around the jungle gym. How could they be ready for braces? Actually, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven and upward from there (7 & Up!).
Why age seven?
By age seven, your child’s mouth has matured enough for a trained orthodontist to spot current issues, and even see the beginnings of future challenges. We can then make corrections that will help guide their jaw and teeth into a healthier place for an easier straight smile later on, minimize crowding, create room for erupting teeth and correct the impact of oral habits like thumb sucking.
There are many benefits to starting orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth.
If you recommend early orthodontics for my child, does that mean they won’t need braces as a teen?
Early treatment (phase 1) can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent additional problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Oftentimes, however, additional treatment is still necessary. That said, children who have undergone early orthodontic treatment typically wear braces or Invisalign for a shorter period of time in the teen years than those who have not undergone early intervention. This makes life easier for both them, and you, as both of your schedules get busier and busier.
If I bring my child to you at age seven are you definitely going to recommend early orthodontics?
Every child is different and we customize every treatment plan to the individual. Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in; some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or complete. Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis, and Dr. Andrew Grillo develop a customized treatment plan based on each individual child’s needs.
In order to create a custom treatment plan for your child, we need to see you! Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation with us. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!
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