Often when I am out I am asked the question “When should my child get braces?” And, in most case the child is not with them for me to check and therefore my answer is this: Orthodontic treatment will often begin between the ages of 8 & 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results.
Our office, McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman along with the American Association of Orthodontics, recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of 7. By this age, most children will have a mix of permanent and baby teeth.
While orthodontic care ultimately is a team effort, establishing a relationship with the patient at an early age is the first step to a healthy and beautiful smile.
During the first visit the orthodontist will be getting to know the patient while looking for a few of the following:
- Position of the first permanent molars
- Position of the upper and lower jaws
- Spacing and room for erupting permanent teeth
- Facial Appearance/symmetry
Why it is important to see an Orthodontist for your Orthodontic Treatment
An orthodontist is a dentist who has spent 2-3 years in a specialty residency program focused on tooth movement, facial development, and how teeth fit together to provide optimal function and esthetics. For example if you had a heart condition, you would not see your general physician you would see a cardiologist. Just the same, if you needed your teeth straight you would go to an orthodontist.
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