19 September 2014
When Should You Visit an Orthdontist
One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When should my child visit an orthodontist?” This is a great question, because for most of us the age has changed since we were children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child have a orthodontic consultation by age seven. This is most likely much earlier than when most parents experienced their first trip to the orthodontist!
Why should your child see an orthodontist by the age of seven? Research has shown that there are many issues that can be avoided and corrected while the permanent teeth are still coming in. Early intervention can eliminate some dental problems from developing into a problem later.
In many cases the consultation at age seven will not result in an immediate treatment plan, but allows the orthodontist to do an evaluation and let you know when your child should return for reevaluation. There are some situations that can be vastly changed and improved when treatment at a young age takes place. If any of these are present and you have not seen an orthodontist yet, it is time to consult one. These can lead to bigger problems in years to come.
1- Finger or thumb sucking
2- Jaws that look too far forward or too far back
3- Early or late loss of baby teeth
4- Difficulty chewing or biting food
5- Clenching or grinding of teeth.
6- Difficulty speaking
While early treatment can help with a child’s self-esteem, by correcting crooked or poorly spaced teeth, it most often is to prevent future jaw problems and to make room for permanent teeth that may be having difficulty coming in. Jaw and bite concerns can typically be identified by age seven allowing Dr. Reagin to correct them before they cause on-going or bigger concerns.
Consultations are free and a referral from your pediatrician or dentist is not required for a consultation by Dr. Reagin. If you child is seven or older call our office today! It can give you and your child peace of mind.