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While an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time to start treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should happen at the first sign of orthodontic problems, around seven years old.
By this age, the first adult molars come through and establish the back bite. Your child may not need braces at this time, but monitoring their development can anticipate the most beneficial time to begin future treatment.
Early treatment can help prevent serious dental issues in your child’s tooth development down the road. Your child’s first orthodontic visit can help identify common problems such as crowded teeth, tooth or jaw misalignment, and establish a plan for future corrective procedures. By taking actions towards looking out for children’s oral health early on, parents can plan with confidence!
Braces are not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontics is also used to correct several functional issues that can affect the way we chew, breath, speak and clean our teeth. Fortunately, there are many symptoms that parents can look for to help determine if their child should see an orthodontist.
Parents, be sure to visit an orthodontist if your child is displaying any of the signs listed above, or before their seventh birthday. Malocclusions, or bad bites are the result of tooth or jaw misalignment. According to the AAO, untreated malocclusions can lead to a variety of health conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Early orthodontic treatment can detect and correct issues like this, preventing serious problems later.
For your child’s first visit, our highly-experienced orthodontic team will do a full oral exam. We look for any abnormalities that could affect your child’s smile, bite, and overall health. We can then begin preventative treatment to correct these issues and avoid future complications.
If orthodontic intervention isn’t immediately necessary, Dr. McIntosh will continue to carefully monitor your child’s growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. Early treatment ensures the greatest results and the least amount of time and expense later.
The sooner we can evaluate your child’s smile and oral health, the better. To make an appointment with Dr. McIntosh at one of our offices, visit our scheduling page! We are proud to serve patients in the Orlando area, including Maitland and Winter Park.