Most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, but there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven.
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. It will give your orthodontist the chance to:
Guide jaw growth
Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
Correct harmful oral habits
Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
Improve the way lips meet
Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. When considering your family’s dental health and the possible need for advanced orthodontics, what factors are most important to you? Faster results? Long-term health? Cost?
You may want to consider Ortho-Tain®, a new orthodontic treatment designed for children age five and older (as well as adults.) Ortho-Tain offers an affordable solution for straightening teeth and possibly eliminating the need for fixed braces later in life.
Each of our orthodontic appliances was made to offer the three benefits all orthodontists work to achieve. The first objective is making teeth look nice.
The second is to provide correct function, aligning the bite and either avoiding or addressing TMJ problems. This goal is equally as important as the first, because so many patients have more than just superficial issues that would prevent them from being a candidate for other invisible aligners.
Third, even the best solution for orthodontics must also take into consideration how healthy the overall dentition of the patient will be, for the rest of their lives. The proper treatment should prevent any relapse in retention.
As you determine the best options for your family, consider discussing the following questions with your doctor:
Doctors will sometimes suggest postponing treatment until the child is older – do I have to worry about that with Ortho-Tain?
Which treatment offers lifelong benefits?
What impact will traditional braces have on my family’s oral health?
Which orthodontic treatment would be most effective for straightening teeth?
Will it require dental preparation?
How will it impact my child’s oral health?
If you have a child, it is very important to consider their teeth, as well as their overall health. Remember, your mouth is the gateway to your body’s health!