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When Should My Child First See an Orthodontist?

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 When Should My Child First See an Orthodontist?

Importance of Early Orthodontic Evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first orthodontic consultation at the age of seven. This is considered the ideal age for an initial assessment because it allows the orthodontist to evaluate the child's existing and incoming teeth while the jaw is still developing. Such early evaluation is crucial to identify any orthodontic problems that may already be developing and to forecast those that are likely to arise in the future.

Benefits of an Assessment at Age Seven

  1. Early Detection: Early detection of problems such as crowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites can significantly influence the type and complexity of treatments needed later. Early intervention can sometimes prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
  2. Guidance of Jaw Growth: An orthodontist can monitor and influence the growth of the jaw in a growing child. This can include correcting the width of the dental arches and the relationship between the upper and lower jaws, leading to better alignment and bite.
  3. Intervention for Harmful Habits: Habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and prolonged use of a bottle can significantly affect the teeth and jaws. An early orthodontic visit can help in managing these habits, reducing their negative impact on the dental structures.
  4. Improved Aesthetics and Function: Early treatment can help align the teeth, improve aesthetics, and enable better chewing and speaking functions. This can boost a child’s confidence and social interactions.

What to Expect During the First Visit

During the initial visit, a registered specialist orthodontist will carry out a thorough examination of your child’s mouth, teeth, and jaw. They will assess the need for treatment or, in many cases, simply monitor the child’s growth and development at regular intervals. This approach ensures that any necessary orthodontic work is done at the ideal time for the best results.

At Terenure Orthodontics

At Terenure Orthodontics, we recognize the importance of early orthodontic evaluation and offer free initial consultations for children between the ages of 7 to 10. This ensures that families can get expert advice without any financial commitment during these formative years. We encourage parents to book these assessments to take proactive steps towards maintaining their child's oral health. If you're considering an assessment for your child, you can easily book a consultation with our specialists.

Conclusion

Scheduling an initial orthodontic assessment around the age of seven is crucial. This early evaluation allows orthodontists to identify potential issues and plan effectively for any necessary treatments. Early assessments not only pave the way for proactive interventions but also contribute significantly to a child's long-term oral health, functionality, and aesthetics. At Terenure Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing thorough and thoughtful orthodontic care from the very first visit.

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