The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
- Orthodontist 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 recommends 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 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 apprearance
- 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 traetment at the most appropriate time. Call 718-268-3666 or email [email protected] to schedule your free orthodontic consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Brian Lee, Forest Hills Top Orthodontist.
In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:
- early or late loss of baby teeth
- speech difficulties
- difficulty in chewing or biting
- biting the cheeck or the roof of the mouth
- mouth breathing
- facial imbalance
- jaws that shift or make sounds
- grinding or clenching of the teeth
Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist. Call 718-268-3666, email [email protected], or visit http://bracesandsmiles.com to schedule your free orthodontic consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Brian Lee, Forest Hills Top Orthodontist
- Phase I / interceptive / mixed-dentition treatment – comprehensive orthodontic treatment for patients who still have deciduous (baby) teeth
- Monitoring / Observation – these patients need careful monitoring of erupting teeth
- Habit appliance – patient who have tongue thrust or finger/thumb sucking habits