The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking your child to see an orthodontist by the time they reach the age of seven. At this point, enough permanent teeth will have erupted and their jaw will have grown enough for the orthodontist to be able to tell if they will experience any orthodontic issues. If the orthodontist does notice any issues, early orthodontic treatment will likely be recommended.
The idea behind early orthodontic treatment is that by addressing certain issues while they are young, less treatment will be necessary when they are older. A good example of an issue that may be noticed by the orthodontist is an upper arch that is too small to allow for their teeth to properly erupt. In this instance, a device called a palatal expander can be used to increase the size in their upper arch as their jaw continues to grow. In some cases, dental extraction may also be done in order to provide the mouth with more room.
While it is still possible that orthodontic treatment may be necessary as the child gets older, they will be better positioned for it due to the early intervention. Many times this results in less time that they will ultimately have to be in braces when they get older.
Even if your child is not in need of early intervention, it is better to have the peace of mind of knowing there is nothing to worry about. If you want to have your child evaluated, contact our childrens orthodontists San Pedro to schedule a consultation.