When Should My Child Be Seen for an Orthodontic Evaluation?

Many parents want to know when is the best time to take their young children in for an orthodontic evaluation. Many people naturally assume that it would be a given age, but the truth is that not every child will be at the same level of orthodontic development at the same age.

This is why childhood dental professionals use the term ‘orthodontic age.’ This refers the stage of development that a child’s dentition has reached at a given period of time, and it is different for every child.

Ordinarily, the best time to take your child in for an orthodontic evaluation is after her or his first permanent teeth have begun to emerge from the gum line. Your dentist will want to evaluate the health of these new permanent teeth and the gums they are embedded in. This will give your dentist the opportunity to foresee potential problems that the child may have in the future.

However, it may be advisable for children to be seen by a dentist at even younger ages. This is because certain events even before the emergence of a child’s first set of teeth can affect their dental health later in life. If for example, a baby or toddler is given a bottle and allowed to fall asleep with milk in his or her mouth, it could result in damage to emerging teeth. This can cause a lasting problem that may even affect the proper development and emergence of adult teeth in the coming years.

Most orthodontic treatments will begin around the ages of 9 and 14. These periods of treatment ordinarily last for between 1 and 3 years with the application of dental braces lasting for an average of two years.

Naturally, if there are any unexpected problems or if the parent has any concerns, there is no harm in bringing young children in to be seen by their dentist at any age. When it comes to preserving dental health, after all, prevention is key.

If you're looking for a gentle orthodontist, contact the team at The Best Braces today for more information.

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