Early Orthodontic Screening
When Is The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7
Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and erupting teeth even while baby teeth are still present.
There are certain problems that only an orthodontist can detect. An orthodontic evaluation may reveal that your child’s teeth and bite are fine. Or, the orthodontist could detect a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development. It is important to start treatment at the optimal time for the patient and their growth. In some cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can prevent future issues and benefit from early treatment.
Early treatment is utilized to prevent more serious problems from developing and make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist is only able to achieve results that may not be possible once the patient's growth is complete.
Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
• guide jaw growth • lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth • correct harmful oral habits • improve appearance • guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position • improve the way lips meet
Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. Because patients differ in development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.