When should your child first see the orthodontist?

The overall consensus is no later than age 7. This is a great time in a child’s life to be able to get a good overall look at how their teeth are coming , be able to spot a potential issue, or give a parent piece of mind that everything looks good for now.

Orthodontics can play a huge role in young children’s appearance and health. Most people think of preteens or teens when they think of orthodontics but it’s a good idea to take your child to visit Dr. Gilsdorf for a complimentary evaluation much sooner. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist should examine children by the time they are seven years old. It’s hard to believe that many children still have their baby teeth when they visit the orthodontist for the first time!

Here is why we feel a child should get an orthodontic check-up by age 7:

  1. It is worth finding out at an early age what future treatment your child may need.

  2. Sometimes a child’s teeth appear to be straight and only through x-rays can an orthodontist tell if there are emerging issues.

  3. Even if your child still has their baby teeth, an orthodontist can spot potential problems with jaw growth and teeth growing in.

  4. Having a check-up could indicate no problems, a developing problem that needs to be monitored or the orthodontist could find a problem that would benefit from early treatment. Early treatment could prevent more serious problems, might make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, or could actually sometimes avoid later treatment altogether.

  5. Orthodontists have been known to occasionally achieve results that would not have been possible once the face and jaws were finished growing.

  6. 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 the function and health of your child’s bite

    • Improve appearance

  7. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child their best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.