When should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents schedule their child’s first orthodontic visit by age 7. It’s around this time that their little smiles have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and because their jaws are still developing, it’s important to monitor how adult teeth come in.
Without growth monitoring, crowding and other potential problems may make orthodontic treatment more challenging later in life.
What is Orthodontic Growth Monitoring?
As your little one grows, your Space City Orthodontics doctor team can help watch for orthodontic issues before they become more serious, making the work of orthodontics in their later years a lot easier. For example, we’ll monitor:
- Potential cross-bite and open bite development
- Obstructive breathing issues—is your child a mouth breather?
- Position of baby and permanent teeth
- Dental overcrowding or spacing which could hinder or affect permanent tooth development or position
- How permanent teeth come in
- Teeth at risk for injury or decay due to protrusion or overcrowding
- Harmful habits that may cause orthodontic problems (thumb sucking)
- Oral hygiene and overall dental health
- A balanced facial appearance
We Make Orthodontics Fun for Kids
Rising Star is FREE, and it includes all kinds of free swag, birthday surprises, extra encouragement, and prizes … like we said: FUN!
So, whether they’re visiting us for their own appointments or tagging along with an older sibling, we want kids to love coming to see us. At the same time, they learn the importance of caring for their smiles.
It’s easy (and did we mention FUN?). Schedule their first, free consultation, and let’s get ready to blast off!