The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they reach seven years of age. By that point, although the tooth fairy still has many visits to make to your home, we can see how the permanent teeth will develop and identify any bite issues that may be developing along with them. This allows the orthodontist and the child’s parents the opportunity to plan for the most effective time to begin treatment.
Is Early Intervention Necessary?
As a rule, I am not in a hurry to fit braces on young children. Nature sometimes corrects alignment issues over time and I am happy to take a wait and see approach, intervening only if necessary. However, there are some issues that, if addressed early, can help permanent teeth come in better positioned – thus shortening the amount of time your child may need to wear braces later. We consider this two-phased approach, for instance, when the teeth are crowded into a small dental arch. In this situation, we can use an expander that will gently widen the child’s still growing jaw, creating more room for permanent teeth to come in.
When Is Treatment Likely to Be Shortest?
If you have concerns about the alignment of your child’s teeth, or if your family dentist has identified alignment issues, visit Smile Sooner for a free consultation. We’ll assess what needs to be done and offer you options and recommendations. If we decide to make a decision later, based on how the teeth and jaw develop, our office is happy to set up a follow-up appointment in 3, 6 or 12 months.
While orthodontic treatment can be done for children, teens and adults, there are certain windows of time when the treatment can be done most effectively. Identifying that window early can help you and your child – so make sure that you have an orthodontic evaluation done by the time the child reaches second grade. Call, text or email us for a free consultation.