The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
Orthodontists can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child's teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
A check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine. Or it may determine that early treatment is indicated to prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing. Also, Dr. Kahan may identify a developing problem to watch for but recommend monitoring the child's growth and development to begin treatment at an older age.
Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, Dr. Kahan will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws finish growing.
If indicated, early treatment will give Dr. Kahan the opportunity to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face.
Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you will be giving your child the best opportunity for a beautiful, healthy smile.