When to pursue orthodontic treatment and braces is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive. Orthodontic examinations and treatments can be started at a young age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening as early as seven years old. This early screening age is optimal for diagnosing issues early so they may be addressed effectively and at the most appropriate age. The orthodontist examination will reveal the severity of dental and jaw issues and determine when treatment should commence. Most commonly, orthodontic treatments begin at the age of 12 years old.
Orthodontic treatment does not have to wait until a patient has all of his or her permanent teeth. The sooner the treatment and alignment begin, the easier time the child will have with the treatment and the better the results will be.
Early orthodontic treatment, vastly impacts a child’s overall oral health. The aesthetic benefits of completing orthodontic treatment may be priceless to your child, improving self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall emotional well-being which may affect their development
Warning signs that early orthodontic screening or treatment is needed:
- Loss of teeth
- Difficulty chewing, biting, eating, or opening the mouth
- Misaligned or crowded teeth
- Biting the cheek frequently
- Lower teeth hitting the roof of the mouth
- Under or overbite
If any of these symptoms are present take the opportunity to get an early screening or treatment.