The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven.
Orthodontics for Children
Early detection and treatment of malocclusions or “bad bites” gives your child a much better chance for natural and normal development. At each dental exam we will evaluate your child’s bite for issues such as crowding or bite misalignments and intervene by recommending steps to help guide teeth as they emerge into your child’s mouth. Orthodontic treatment at an early age may help prevent more extensive treatment later in a child’s life. We will discuss your child’s individual orthodontic needs and determine the best time to refer your child to an orthodontist.
The benefits of orthodontic treatments go well beyond having a beautiful smile. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and therefore less susceptible to dental caries and gum disease.
Studies have shown that people who have the straight teeth are more likely to smile more. This leads to a greater self esteem which may lead to more fulfilling life.
When your child is ready for orthodontic treatment, contact your preferred orthodontist in the area. The Smile Shop can also help you find orthodontic resources that you may be looking for.