As we've emphasized on this blog ourselves, the American Association of Orthodontists advises that children have their first orthodontic appointment by or around their seventh birthday. This is the stage at which pediatric orthodontists are able to best evaluate your child's situation, and come up with an appropriate treatment plan when necessary.
In this article, we want to address some of the benefits of preventative and early orthodontic treatment for children. Early treatment is defined as taking place between the ages of seven and 10. For most children who get early treatment, the next stage will begin at 11 years old.
What are some of the advantages of early treatment?
One of the key benefits of early treatment is being able to diagnose and correct issues proactively. For instance, by the time children reach age seven, pediatric orthodontists are normally able to spot jaw and bite problems, including underbites and crossbites. Orthodontists are also able to track the progress of teeth still developing and coming into the mouth.
What are some signs that my child could benefit from early treatment?
There are a number of signs that indicate your child may benefit from preventative or early treatment. Some common signs include breathing with his or her mouth open, having crowded or blocked teeth and having difficulty chewing or biting food.
By scheduling an appointment with a certified pediatric orthodontist, you can come up with a treatment plan that addresses any current or future problems with your child's teeth or jaw.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact KidsBracesNYC at our toll free number: (866) 222-3166, or complete the appointment request form on our website. Our scheduling coordinator will follow up with you to confirm the appointment.