Most parents think their child won’t need braces until all their adult teeth have come in. While most children lose their baby teeth by the age of 11 or 12, every child is different and sometimes there could be a jaw misalignment that may require earlier treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should see an orthodontist before the age of 7. Early diagnosis allows the orthodontist to correct these problems before the child’s growth is complete, making it easier to correct a problem and potentially avoid the possibility for surgery or more complicated treatment later in life.
Early treatment and evaluation may give us the chance to:
- guide jaw growth
- lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- correct harmful oral habits
- improve appearance
- guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position
- create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
It is never too early to bring your child in for a clinical assessment or consultation to see if they may have a tooth or jaw problem, and if and when treatment may be needed.
The benefit of treating a child who still has growth potential is that we can use their potential for growth to help correct any jaw misalignment or discrepancy while they are still growing, preventing the need for a possible surgical procedure in the future.