What is Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Gardner Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Your child will benefit from an early evaluation by an orthodontist, as they are trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging adult teeth. Your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, but there could be a problem only an orthodontist can detect.
8 Reasons your child may need early interceptive orthodontic treatment around the age of 7:
- Oral habits (finger or thumb sucking, mouth breathing, or tongue thrusting)
- Early or late loss of baby teeth or problems with teeth coming in (may only be seen on an xray)
- Protruding upper front teeth (may be at an increased risk of trauma)
- Severe crowding of front or back teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Crossbite of the front teeth (may cause trauma to the edges of the front teeth or in severe cases may indicate an unfavorable growth pattern)
- Crossbite of the back teeth (may cause the jaw to shift and/or grow off to one side)
- An embarrassing appearance