When is the right age for your child’s first orthodontic check-up?
7! The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Dr. Tun can timely detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only a skilled orthodontist can identify.
What are the likely outcomes of an initial checkup?
There are generally three outcomes of an initial checkup:
- No treatment is expected to be necessary.
- Treatment may be needed in the future. Therefore, the child should be followed periodically while the face and jaws continue to grow.
- There is a problem that lends itself to early treatment.
Is there any benefit to early interceptive treatment?
Yes. Early treatment allows an orthodontist to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance of teeth, lips and face
- Guild permanent teeth into a more favorable position
If my child has early interceptive treatment, will this prevent the need for braces as an adolescent?
No, but early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing. It may also make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.