The earlier we catch problems with your child’s bite, the simpler they are to fix. The results are often better and require less work than if we wait to begin treatment. We may not need to keep braces on your child for as long when they are younger, which means less expense for you.
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children visit an orthodontist as soon as their dentist notices that there might be a problem or before they are seven years old. We may not have to do anything when the children are this age, other than monitor their mouths. However, if we continue to watch your child, when a problem arises, we can start treatment right away!
Early intervention can be beneficial. We will watch how your child’s mouth and teeth grow and develop, so if we see something that needs to be done, we will do it. We will also know exactly when to start treatment, if it is needed.
You may wonder why the AAO emphasizes age seven. At that age, the first adult molars are coming in and helping establish the back bite. So then, we can evaluate your child’s bite, both front-to-back and side-to-side. There are many reasons to start treatment early. Early treatment allows us to do the following: