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Seeing an orthodontist at the right time can make a huge impact in the appearance and oral health of your child. But, most parents do not know when the best age to see an orthodontist for their child is. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that you take your child to their first dentist appointment by the age of seven. Even if your first consultation is with a pediatric dentist, they should be able to identify any bite issues with your child and advise you to see an orthodontist if the problem requires the attention of an expert.

Why Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is specialist in dentistry who focuses on the diagnosis and prevention of misaligned teeth. The American Association of Orthodontics says that the best age to see an orthodontist is at seven years because that is the age at which permanent teeth start to develop. Therefore, any problems that arise at this stage will stay with the child into adulthood.

Advantage of Early Treatment

It is always important for a dentist to keep a close eye on the development of your child’s teeth because any problems can be treated much more efficiently at a young age. As we get older, the jaws gradually become more dense, making it more difficult to shift teeth. Seven years is the best age to see an orthodontist so they can identify irregularities with the growth of your child’s permanent teeth and treat the defects as permanent teeth continue to develop.

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Problems That Require an Orthodontist

Common problems that require you to take your child to an orthodontist include protruding teeth, misplaced teeth, irregularly spaced teeth, difficulties in chewing, biting, or speaking. Early intervention is important because correcting issues such as misplaced or misaligned teeth can prove difficult when the dental structure is fully developed. Because of this, braces tend to be more effective on younger, more malleable dentitions.

What Children Orthodontic Treatment Involves

Orthodontic treatment for children will involve giving them either fixed or removable braces, although removable braces are more common. However, the orthodontist may recommend a twin block brace if your child has an overbite or a smaller lower jaw. Removable braces are usually followed by fixed braces to achieve the best results. Seven years is the best age to see an orthodontist because the child will have started to grow permanent teeth and any issues will be easily rectified as they appear.

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