Reasons To See An Orthodontist by Age 7

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Reasons To See An Orthodontist by Age 7
Posted on 06/08/2016

While Dr. Hall can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period in which to start orthodontic treatment. Our practice agrees with the recommendation made by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Dental Association (ADA) that states all children should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.

Even though orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this young age, this important first evaluation can provide the orthodontist and your family with insight into the child's future orthodontic needs. Here are a few very good reasons to have your child seen by an orthodontist at around his or her 7th birthday.

1. Potential Problems Can Be Spotted Early

By the time a child reaches the age of 7, the adult molars have begun to come in to establish the back bite. This is when an orthodontist can assess the child's tooth relationships. This provides the orthodontist with insight into any potential problems, which may include an overbite, open bite, crowded teeth, crossbites, and functional problems.

2. Developing Problems Can be Monitored Closely

If Dr. Hall finds a developing problem with your child's bite at his or her first orthodontic evaluation, your child's growth and development can be monitored more closely to determine when the optimal time is to begin treatment.

3. Prevent More Serious Problems From Occurring

If a problem is found with your child's bite that requires early orthodontic treatment, this timely treatment can prevent more serious problems from occurring, making treatment shorter and less complicated. Early treatment can also achieve results that may not be possible once the jaws have stopped growing.

4. Correct Harmful Oral Habits

If your child has a harmful oral habit like thumb or finger sucking, it can cause misalignment of the adult teeth, which have yet to come in, and bone changes that drastically alter your child’s appearance and growth development of his or her jaws and face. Your child's orthodontist can help break this habit before the adult teeth have the chance to grow in crooked.

5. Reduce the Risk of Trauma to Protruding Front Teeth

If your child's front teeth protrude, they are at high risk for injury and trauma. Early orthodontic treatment can reduce this risk to safeguard your child's teeth from harm.

6. Eliminate the Need to Remove Healthy Teeth

Early orthodontic treatment can eliminate the need for removing healthy adult teeth. It is sometimes necessary to remove healthy permanent teeth in older patients in order for braces to work effectively in bringing the teeth into proper alignment.

7. Give Your Child the Best Opportunity for a Healthy Smile

 When an orthodontist evaluates your child early, he or she will be given the best possible opportunity for having a life-long, healthy and attractive smile.

Schedule Your Child's First Visit Today

Dr. Hall and his team at Epic Orthodontics provides Weatherford & Granbury TX braces to children, teenagers and adults. If you would like to schedule your child's first orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Hall, please complete the Appointment Request form. We look forward to meeting you soon and providing your child with the best opportunity to have a lifelong, healthy and attractive smile!