Ready for Braces?

Getting braces is an important decision—one that will not only transform your child’s smile, but also improve their health! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child receive their first orthodontic checkup no later than age seven. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, only an orthodontist can determine if your child may benefit from early treatment. Early treatment can help by creating room for crowded, erupting teeth or by creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth.

An orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and erupting teeth even while baby teeth are still present. That’s important because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early. Early orthodontic treatment can prevent the need for tooth extraction or surgery in the future by working with your child’s natural growth processes. 

In addition to your child’s age, here are some other signs that indicate the need for an orthodontic checkup:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (children typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Continued thumb-sucking past age five
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth (cross-bite)
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Scheduling your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist is an important way to set up your child’s smile for success. Call us today to get started!


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