We recommend that children have an orthodontic screening appointment when the front teeth have started to erupt.
This is usually around the age of 7 or 8 years of age. This does not mean that every child needs treatment at this age, but some orthodontic problems are not obvious, and must be dealt with early. For example, permanent teeth that are significantly out of position should be identified early so that treatment can be arranged if necessary to prevent damage to other teeth, and so that a plan can be put in place for long-term management.
There are many types of early orthodontic treatment, including removable and fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded teeth, preserve space for unerupted teeth, and reduce the need for the extraction of permanent teeth. The idea is to make future treatment less complicated than it needs to be.
But how can you tell whether there is cause for concern? That’s why we suggest coming for a check up at this age. To find out if your child is a requires early orthodontic treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.