Orthodontics And My Child: When To Begin

Vital SmilesWhen it comes to Orthodontics, every parent wants to know—when it is time to begin? While the key to determining if and when your child may need orthodontic treatment is through regular dental care, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a checkup with an orthodontist around age 7. Even so, there are a few indicators that suggest that your child will benefit from orthodontic treatment. Consider the following:

  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty when chewing or biting
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Crowding or misplaced teeth
  • Jaws that shift or click
  • Frequent biting of the cheek
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws that are disproportionate to the face

Should you notice any of these in your child, even if they are not yet 7 years old, it may be wise to consult an orthodontist. While some indicators are hereditary, some result from personal habits. Thus, it’s better to gain a professional perspective and perhaps devise a treatment plan early.

The Orthodontic Consultation: What To Expect

While the thought of your child beginning orthodontic treatment may seem overwhelming, it’s important to know that advancements in dentistry have provided an array of options and customized treatment plans—for every orthodontic concern.

The Orthodontist will begin by reviewing your child’s dental and medical history. An oral exam, measurements, and x-rays will likely be taken. For parents, the consultation is an important opportunity to ask pertinent questions regarding your child’s treatment. For instance, you may ask: How long will treatment take? Is treatment needed right now? Will teeth need to be extracted first? A breakdown of costs and financial plans will also be provided.

It’s important to know—most orthodontic consultations are free, and do not require a commitment to begin treatment.

At Vital Smiles, we want you to know—our practice is designed with kids in mind! This sets us apart, as we devote our energies to providing comprehensive dental services to our community. Our orthodontists are experienced professionals that provide high quality treatments that your child needs and deserves. To schedule your free consultation, call us today. We look forward to meeting you!
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