When should my child see an orthodontist?
Though orthodontistry can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. While most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen for an orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of any orthodontic problem or no later than age 7. By this age, the first adult molars erupt and establish the back bite. An orthodontist can then evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships to screen for any potential problems. While treatment may not be necessary at this age, many problems are easier to correct when caught early and the orthodontist can determine the ideal time to start treatment. This ensures that your child receives optimal treatment, with the least amount of time and expense.
What are some early signs I can look for?
It’s not always easy to tell if your child has an orthodontic problem. While his or her teeth may be straight, there may be an underlying bite problem. Some signs to look for:
– Early or late loss of baby teeth
– Breathing through the mouth
– Crowding or spacing between teeth
– Cheek biting
– Protruding teeth or jaw
– Bite problems
– An unbalanced facial appearance
– Grinding or clenching of the teeth
As a recent addition to our Wellesley Dental Group team, Dr. Emad Abdallah, our orthodontist, is offering a complimentary orthodontic evaluation, so call to schedule an appointment!