There is no exact age that children should begin their orthodontic treatment; however, the American Association of Orthodontics, and Dr. Daniel Adams, recommend that each child should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 for at least an oral examination, and to determine if orthodontic care is needed.
Between the ages of 7 and 10, the middle of the face and the upper jaw do most of their growing. Plus, this is the age when most kids have a good mix of both adult and baby teeth, which can help our orthodontist diagnose any current or future dental issues that may require orthodontic treatment. By identifying and treating such issues early on, your child can avoid more complex procedures later on, such as surgery.
Early Treatment Allows Our Orthodontist to:
- Correct misaligned jaws and guide future jaw growth to maintain a proper bite
- Regulate or increase the width of the upper and lower dental arches
- Create additional space for crowded teeth
- Help prevent the need for future tooth extraction
- Correct the effects of thumb sucking, or to help improve minor speech impediments
When parents look at their child’s teeth, it can be difficult to determine whether their child requires orthodontic treatment. At Full Smile Orthodontics, Dr. Daniel Adams can provide a thorough examination and an accurate diagnosis.
Here Are a Few Things to Look For That May Indicate That Your Child Needs to See an Orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty biting food or chewing
- Breathing through the mouth
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Misplaced, crowded, or impacted teeth
- Popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the jaw
- Dental arches that do not come together completely or at all
- Jaws that are disproportionate to the face
- Front teeth that are crowded by age 7 or 8
If you would like to schedule your child’s appointment with our orthodontist to determine if they require orthodontic treatment. You can contact Full Smile Orthodontics at 760.804.0080.