The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7, and Dr. Hatcher of Reach Orthodontics agrees. By this age, an orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. You don’t need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist.
Early evaluation provides timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Orthodontic intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
There are some signs that indicate possible bite problems and that early orthodontic treatment may be needed. However, it’s not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem. Here some visual clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention.
- Excess space between teeth
- Overbite, underbite, crossbite
- Extra or missing teeth
- Severely protruding teeth
- Severely crowded teeth
- Narrow upper or lower jaw
Benefits of Early Treatment:
Early intervention treatment for children has many benefits that will impact your child’s oral health for the rest of their life. Some of the most direct results of early interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
- Improve self-esteem & increase self confidence
To schedule a complimentary consultation for your child at Reach Orthodontics, please give us a call at (256) 772-0041. We will provide your child with an initial exam including before pictures, and Dr. Hatcher will discuss the steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.