Is there a better time for my child to attend for an orthodontic consult?
Typically around the age of 7 years we begin to notice whether there is an underlying orthodontic condition forming. Thus is the age when their first molars usually have erupted and also their upper and lower front incisors.
Starting early interceptive orthodontic consultations for children is commonly performed around the ages of 9-11 years as the child is entering a growth stage. Enhancing and harnessing this growth can potentially help lead to a reduction in severity of a potential orthodontic problem. It may make treatment less complicated and potentially reduce the duration of treatment.
Things which are commonly looked for by your general dentist would include some of the following:
- Any excessive protruding of upper front teeth
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Severe crowding or impacted teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger suckling habits after the age of 5 years
- Speech impediments
- Sliding of the jaw during opening and closing indicating possible cross bites