Although your child may be on the younger side, no time is better than the present to begin their orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), it's recommended that children undergo their first appointment by the age of seven.
Finding and treating any oral health issues is best when completed as soon as possible, as this prevents more serious problems from occurring, as well as ensuring your child has a comprehensive understanding of their health.
By the age of seven, the status of the mouth is often solidified in terms of what developments have occurred, and what may happen in the future based on these initial changes. An early checkup has many benefits including:
- Alleviating future and possibly even more invasive corrections
- Correcting improper bite, crowding and crooked teeth
- Creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance in both smile and teeth structure
- Enhancing the ability to guide the overall development of the jaw to accommodate current and emerging teeth
- Increasing self-esteem and confidence of your child, especially during the developmental years
An initial consult also ensures that any apparent issues that may be affecting your child's oral health, such as thumb sucking or tongue pushing, can be stopped before real damage is done. If after the consultation, your child doesn't need any orthodontic help for now, that's okay too. It's better to know and create a timetable which your son or daughter can grow into instead of being left in the dark.
If you believe your son or daughter requires orthodontic treatment, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tanya Vaysman today or visit our website to learn more.