When it comes to children, treatment timing is very important. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children are evaluated by an orthodontist at age 7. This doesn’t mean that treatment will start at this age, but it gives the orthodontist the opportunity to assess tooth eruption pattern, skeletal growth, presence of habits, dental trauma, or a number of other aberrant conditions.
The best place to start is with a consultation. During your initial consultation, we will review the dental history and conduct a thorough clinical exam. Based on our findings, we will have a conversation regarding your child’s stage of development and discuss whether treatment is indicated or whether the child should be placed on an observation schedule with our office.
In many cases, early intervention can help reduce need for extractions in the future, help eliminate detrimental habits, resolve traumatic occlusion (when teeth are trapped behind one another), eliminate gum defects due to traumatic occlusion, and resolve cross bites.