Can My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Can My Child Benefit From Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Posted on 06/17/2021

When thinking about the future of your child’s teeth, you will most likely want them to develop good oral hygiene, a healthy set of teeth, and a beautiful straight smile but when should you bring your child into the orthodontist to ensure that your child has all of these things? Here at Niagara Orthodontics, we believe that all children should have a chance to develop a glowing smile that will serve them well into their old age, which is why we recommend early orthodontic treatment for our young patients. Check out our quick guide to early orthodontic treatment to find out when you should bring your child to the orthodontist and how early orthodontic treatment can prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth!

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Here at Niagara Orthodontics, we recommend that you schedule your child’s first visit to the orthodontist at the age of seven. This does not mean that your child will necessarily need early orthodontic treatment immediately, but it does give us a chance to check on your child’s developing smile to make sure he or she isn’t developing an orthodontic condition that needs attention. By age seven your child will have developed their backbite and most of their adult teeth will have started to come in. From this stage, our doctors at Niagara Orthodontics will be able to discern whether your child is showing signs of any orthodontic conditions that can be painful and expensive to fix later on in life. Here are a few examples of signs that your child may benefit from early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late baby tooth loss most children start losing teeth at age 5 and have all permanent teeth around age 13
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don't sit flush when the mouth is closed
  • Crowded front teeth after age 8
  • Your child shifts their jaw when they open or close their mouth
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulty chewing or biting things
  • Mouth breathing
  • Prolonged thumb-sucking continues past the age of 4

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you have noticed one of these signs in your child or if you simply want to make sure that your child isn’t developing a harmful orthodontic condition, our skilled team of staff at Niagara Orthodontics can help you evaluate whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment. Neglected orthodontic problems at an early age can lead to a variety of undesirable conditions including:

  • Crossbites, overbites, and underbites
  • Difficulty eating, breathing, or speaking
  • Misaligned teeth that can be unsightly and difficult to clean
  • Severe malocclusions that can affect your child’s confidence and overall oral health

Schedule An Appointment With Niagara Orthodontics Today!

Early orthodontic treatment isn’t just about making sure your child has straight teeth it's about helping your child develop a healthy and functioning oral system that will last them until they are old. Due to the malleability of the adolescent jaw, early orthodontic treatment can fix problems that are much more difficult and expensive to fix later in life. So don’t delay contact Niagara Orthodontics today to learn more about early orthodontic treatment or to schedule an appointment for your child!

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