The first visit to an orthodontist can be a daunting experience for your child or teenager, but it doesn't have to be a secret, or scary.
Taking care of your child's teeth, similar to a yearly medical checkup or eye exam, is a vital component of overall health. If your son or daughter hasn't seen an orthodontist yet, it's okay. The most common age kids begin to see an orthodontist is by the age of seven, around the time that subtle overbites or jaw problems make themselves apparent.
Oftentimes, actual treatment doesn't begin until the ages of nine and 14. Although early prevention and care is best, sometimes kids' teeth simply aren't developed enough for treatment. Regular visits can help you and your child's orthodontist decide when treatment can begin.
Some early signs of orthodontic issues include:
- Chewing or biting with difficulty
- Crowded or blocked teeth
- Late baby teeth
- Teeth that don't touch or grow in the wrong space
- Thumb or finger sucking.
During your child's first visit to our office, Dr. Tanya Vaysman will conduct an initial exam and provide an overall preliminary assessment. After the first consultation, treatment may not be required. Let your child know you will come back in the future for another examination.
If treatment is deemed necessary a diagnostic record of your child's mouth will be made. This will include:
- An impression of their teeth
- Photographs of their face
- Photographs of their teeth
- Two special radiographs.
This information will take about 30 minutes to collect. A smile is often the first feature that is noticed when meeting new people or expressing happiness. Ensure your child shows their's off with no hesitation.
Schedule an appointment with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC to start working on improving the health of your child's teeth and gums today.