Pediatric orthodontics is exactly what it sounds like: it’s orthodontics that specifically focus on improving the oral health for children. And believe it or not, it is incredibly necessary for children to see an orthodontist by the age of seven (7) years old before their molars start coming in at the age of eleven (11).
Seeing a pediatric orthodontist can help prevent or handle dental difficulties that might arise that your regular dentist isn’t trained or equipped to deal with. Seeing an orthodontist at the right age can help detect subtle problems such as jaw growth and emerging teeth. Most children begin active treatment by an orthodontist between the ages of nine and 14.
It’s important to know that just because a child’s smile is straight, that doesn’t mean that there might not be issues that are currently unseen. Pediatric orthodontists look beyond the appearance and look at the movement and placement of the teeth.
Here are some tips for making sure that you’re getting the most out of your visit to a pediatric orthodontist:
1) Make sure your child(ren) see a pediatric orthodontist by age seven (7) years old; you don’t want your kids teeth crowding.
2) Discuss any ongoing problems with your pediatric orthodontist and anything that may contribute to misalignment of teeth such as thumb sucking and preventive care.
3) Understand the development in technology and ask questions. Once you understand the new technologies for braces and Invisalign, you can help choose which are the best fit for your children.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Elegant Orthodontics. We are happy to speak with you and provide a complimentary visit and provide details on the next steps in your child’s orthodontic journey! We are here to help every step of the way and answer any questions or concerns you may have!