Early Dental Intervention for ChildrenThe American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have their first orthodontic evaluation by 7 years of age. Why is this? Because this is the prime age where adult teeth are beginning to erupt, and the primary dentition (baby teeth) are exfoliating. It provides an optimal chance to pinpoint concerns that could lead to more severe orthodontic complications later on – and correct them when they are at a simpler stage.
Examples of Different Treatment OptionsIn most cases, early orthodontic treatment can be evaluated as early as 7 years of age. Depending on the patient’s need, we can start treatment such as expansion, fix a severely crooked smile, or we can choose to wait until the child is about 12. This all depends on our patient’s needs. Some of the ways we can help your child enjoy a healthier bite include offering therapies for:
- Finger and thumb sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Palatal expansion / growth modification
- Interceptive orthodontics
- Space maintenance (for premature loss of teeth)