The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
Malocclusions, like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.
Only an Orthodontist is specially trained to recognize ALL of these possible issues that may remain hidden and not develop until a later age.
At our office, we offer Free Initial Consultations and can give you the peace of mind to know that your child does not need treatment until they are older.
Reasons for this Exam:
- The posterior bite is established when the first molars come in. At that time, we can
evaluate the space and size of the teeth and the mouth, as well as discover any shifts or crossbites.
- Incisors (front teeth) have begun to erupt and problems can be detected such as crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some jaw discrepancies.
- Certain habits and bites can lead to increased difficulty in treatment later on, and are more easily resolved for the patient earlier on with removable or fixed appliances.
- We are better able to guide the adult teeth into a more correct bite when resolving of habits is started earlier.
- For some, a timely evaluation will lead to significant treatment benefits; for others, the principal immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind.
The AAO does not advocate comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7.
However, interceptive treatment may be appropriate in the kinds of problems shown below.
Choosing the Optimal Time for Treatment:
While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early. If it appears that treatment will be needed, your orthodontist can advise you as to the ideal time to begin. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.
Different treatment options for younger children include:
- Bite plates for Deep Bites
- Thumb Sucking Appliances
- 2×4 – Braces only on the molars (2) and front teeth (4) in order to correct localized problems like increased spacing of front teeth
- Early Extractions in order to relieve crowding and make space for adult teeth to come in correctly
You can CONTACT US at 516-569-7753 at any time for your Complimentary Initial Consultation.