Creekside Smiles Pediatric Dentistry provides long-term comprehensive pediatric dental care to our patients that allows them to grow and thrive, including orthodontic care.
As a parent, if you have concerns for your child’s smile regarding crowding of the teeth, thumb sucking habits, underbite/crossbite, or protrusion of front teeth, you can discuss treatment options with our orthodontist during your appointment. Sometimes the appointment with our orthodontist would be for informational purposes or to establish a treatment plan for the future. If the situation warrants it after an examination, an immediate treatment plan may be recommended.
At what age does my child need to see an orthodontist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children have an orthodontic evaluation at age 7. During your child’s routine dental exam, the pediatric dentist Charlotte, NC parents trust will be able to determine if an earlier visit to the orthodontist will benefit your child.
By the age of 7, most children have adult or permanent teeth that have erupted in addition to the remaining baby or primary teeth. By this age, children may experience dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth, and sometimes jaw growth problems.
When parents are considering having an orthodontic evaluation for their children, it is important to note that there are benefits to early treatment. The advantage for children of early detection of orthodontic problems is that some problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make effective orthodontic treatment of some problems more difficult.
Early orthodontic treatment can allow for:
- Guidance of jaw growth
- Minimizing the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correction of harmful oral habits
- Improvement to appearance and self-esteem
- Guidance of permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improvement in the way lips meet