So, when do I bring my child to the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
• Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
• While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist such as Dr. David Birdwell can detect.
• A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, Dr. Birdwell may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, we might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
• Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, Dr. Birdwell will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
• Early treatment may give Dr. Birdwell the chance to:
-Guide jaw growth
-Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
-Correct harmful oral habits
-Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
-Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
• Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Check out what treatment is like for children at Orthodontic Arts:
At Orthodontic Arts, we put children in an observation program if they don't need any early treatment. This program is at no cost to your family and secures that they see Dr. David Birdwell every 6 months! Want to schedule a free consultation for your child? Call us at 405.604.3745 or click HERE!
Some information provided by aaoinfo.org.