Has your child seen the orthodontist yet? If he or she has turned seven, now is the time to schedule an appointment. This is the ideal age to be seen, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, because at this age, enough permanent teeth should have emerged to establish the backbite. Should there be any significant issues, this is also the ideal age to prepare for early treatment, allowing your child to avoid surgery and having teeth pulled later in life.
It is important that parents do not attempt to diagnose orthodontic problems in their children. In many cases, significant orthodontic problems are too subtle for untrained eyes to pick up on. However, if you notice the following signs, there is likely an urgent need for a visit:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Whether or not these problems can be seen, if your child has turned seven, now is the time to see the orthodontist. Contact us to schedule an appointment.