If you’re the parent of a child who might need orthodontic care, we’re here to relieve your concerns!
What age should my child be when he or she first visits an orthodontist?
Many orthodontic issues are considerably easier to handle if they are discovered at a young age. Children can see an Orthodontist no later than the age of seven, according to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. Some children do not need care until they are 11 to 13 years old. However, since the first permanent incisors and molars normally erupt by the age of seven, orthodontic issues such as crowding, cross bites, and a host of others may be assessed at this point.
Is it possible for a child with baby teeth to have orthodontic treatment?
Yes, indeed. Some orthodontic issues are severe enough early on to necessitate urgent treatment. If, on the other hand, your child is not yet ready for treatment, we will continue to closely track his or her growth and development until he or she is.
What types of orthodontic issues will arise before the age of seven?
There are a variety of reasons why a child can need orthodontic treatment at a young age. Treatment in the early stages may help to minimize or eliminate the need for more invasive, time-consuming treatment later on.When treatment is started at a young age, the orthodontist can help direct the growth of the jaw and the development of the emerging permanent teeth
Orthodontics can help with the following issues:
- Breathing and chewing problems
- Late or early loss of baby teeth
- Crowded, loosened, or affected teeth
- Teeth that do not fit properly on the upper and lower jaws
- Improper jaw alignment
- Tongue thrusting
- Cross bites