When should a child first see an orthodontist?

Ahhh, age seven. It’s the age of cartoons and coloring, bike-riding and … braces? Possibly! A child’s first orthodontic consultation should ideally occur around age seven. Many people are surprised to hear this, as braces are still synonymous with the teen years.

But around age seven, children have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and permanent (adult) teeth. Malocclusions — teeth that are not aligned properly — often become noticeable around this age as the permanent (adult) teeth erupt. And treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. A pediatric dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early.  

Once they identify malocclusions, the pediatric dentist will recommend that the child see an orthodontist (no referral is needed). Fortunately at First Impressions, both pediatric dentists and orthodontists work in the same location, allowing for seamless communication and treatment.

An orthodontic consultation is a free appointment in which an orthodontist will examine a patient to evaluate whether treatment is necessary. If needed, a free diagnostic digital screening X-Ray will be taken.

Of course, not all children who see an orthodontist early will have braces early. But for those who need them, early intervention can reduce future length, cost and complexity of treatment and also lead to the most ideal end result. For children with significant malocclusions, early intervention can also mean a boost in self-confidence!

For more information about the importance of an early orthodontic check, visit https://fidkids.com/dental-services/orthodontic-services/.  

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