Orthodontics for children
What age should I bring my child for am orthodontic checkup?
The American Dental Assocation of Orthodontist (AAO) recommends getting a check with an orthdoontist on your child’s tooth at around aged 7 to detect any potential issues. If you child has surpass this age, you can still bring them to an orthodontist.
Having a checkup does not mean that your child requires orthodontic treatment. A checkup lets your child’s orthodontist checks their jaw growth and bite. Children will have a mix of primary baby teeth and permanent teeth with their face and jaws are still growing. In the case that a problem is actually detected, your child’s orthodontist will likely wait and track your child’s development periodically.
Timing is determined by the type of problem that your child has and your child’s stage of dental development. If you child has orthodontic problems, they will not straigthen out on its own. Untreated orthodontic problems can become more difficult to treat as your child gets older. Some orthdoontic problems, especially if related to jaw guidance will need to be treated before face and jaws stop growing. Whilst other problems may only require tooth movement that is done and started later when most permament teeth have erupted.
Most children or teens start treatment between the ages of 9 and 16. As they are still growing, orthodontists are usually able to treat most conditions successfully.
Early orthodontic treatment for children
If your child has received orthodontic treatment on their primary teeth, it may not mean that they have completed their orthodontic treatment process. Early treatment on moving baby teeth is not to improve appearance but to create a healthy environment for your child’s permanent teeth to grow in. Baby teeth may be repositioned as a preventive or interceptive treatment. Their primary teeth hold space for permanent teeth.
Most of the time, a second phase of comprehensive orthodontic treatment is planned when your child’s permanent teeth has grown usually around their teenager years. This completes the tooth and jaw alignment that was started with a first phase of preventive or interceptive treatment.