The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialis no later than age 7.
Orthodontists can spot 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, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
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, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance 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’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up. Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Problems to Watch for in Growing Children
Malocclusions, bad bites, like those pictured below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.
In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with an orthodontist:
. Early or late loss of baby teeth
. Difficulty with chewing or biting
. Mouth breathing
. Jaws that shift or make sounds
. Speech difficulties
. Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
. Facial imbalance
. Grinding or clenching of the teeth
The mouth is a complex biologic system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles. A healthy bite is the orthodontist’s goal for all patients both young and old. The goal is met by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance. Orthodontists enable you and your family to enjoy the ability to properly bite, chew and speak well.
Dr. Stansbury is a leading board certified orthodontist offering quality care in a friendly, welcoming environment. Stansbury Orthodontics is committed to providing each patient with state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment at a price that fits every budget. Whether you are looking for the best Invisalign, clear braces or early treatment for your child, Dr. Stansbury has an orthodontic treatment option that is right for you! Dr. Stansbury is always accepting new patients at his Ashland orthodontic practice. To make an appointment please contact 606-329-9702 today!