As a parent, you want what is best for your child. That means making sure they have a healthy smile that they can show proudly well into the future. If you’re not sure exactly when you should start addressing developing dental concerns, our Grand Rapids orthodontist can help.
Here’s what you need to know about your child’s first orthodontic visit and depending on their needs, when that should happen.
It can be hard to know the scope of your child’s dental issues beyond what you visibly are able to see. Most often, it is a family dentist who catches and takes note of how the teeth and jaws are growing.
If an abnormality is found during a routine check-up, such as a misaligned bite, your child’s dentist will discuss the finding with you and determine next steps, such as scheduling an initial orthodontic consultation.
There are also several behaviors you can pick up on while at home that can indicate a need for orthodontic treatment. Common examples most parents notice include prolonged thumbsucking or pacifier use.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children undergo an orthodontic evaluation around the time they turn 7 years old. At this age, your child will have a mixture of baby and permanent teeth so Dr. Miller can see how they are all coming in and if any orthodontic problems are forming.
Now, if your child is older than 7 and has not yet been evaluated, it’s perfectly normal. While that age is a starting point for early intervention, children can still go in for a check-up if they are 8 or above. However, if more severe dental problems exist, it is best to have Dr. Miller take a closer look sooner than later.
Arising issues regarding your child’s oral health should be taken seriously and not ignored in hopes they’ll resolve on their own. Treatable problems are always better corrected while your child is younger so keep this in mind when considering whether to seek out an orthodontist like ours.
The first visit to the orthodontist is all about observation and general discussion. The main objective centers around examining your child’s mouth, teeth, and jaws.
During the appointment, you can expect that X-rays will be taken of your child’s mouth to give Dr. Miller an idea of the issues at hand and how they can be remedied. Your child will also be asked to bite down so Dr. Miller can see how the top and bottom teeth come together.
If orthodontic treatment is needed, you’ll be briefed on every detail so both you and your child know what to expect. Dr. Miller will work with your child’s dentist throughout their treatment to ensure their teeth are kept clean and healthy as corrections are made.
Have questions about whether or not your child is ready for braces? Our orthodontist in Grand Rapids, MI, can take a look at their smile and make recommendations on what type of orthodontic treatment is best for them. Give Miller Orthodontics a call today at (616) 942-9320 today or contact us online to request an appointment.