Lucky #7! The American Association of Orthodontics is for your child’s first visit to the orthodontist to take place by age 7. Treatment may not start at this time, but it is important to identify early warning signs, and Dr. Tolleson will only begin treatment when necessary. While this early exam is very important, it’s also a fun experience for your child to get comfortable with our office.
When early treatment is required, starting at this developmental stage can allow us to make chages that aren’t possible later in life. Plus it can make a huge impact to help prevent the future need for tooth extractions or jaw surgery to correct the smile and bite.
A Good Rule of Thumb: At age 7, whether an orthodontic problem is detected or not, a child should visit an orthodontist for a check-up. This may surprise you since orthodontics is usually associated with adolescence and teen years. But braces for kids are not uncommon and can also have psychosocial benefits if the child’s teeth are very crooked or crowded and he / she is experiencing teasing or bullying.
Your child may need an orthodontic exam if any of the following warning signs are present:
○ Difficulty in chewing or biting
○ Grinding of teeth, especially at night
○ Mouth breathing
○ Finger sucking or other oral habits
○ Crowding, misplaced or blocked teeth
○ Jaw shifting or clicking
Braces for kids can make a big difference in certain cases, so be sure to have your child examined early. Call or contact us for your your child’s initial exam.