A common question asked by anxious parents is that “At what age should my child get braces?” Here we answer some of the most common FAQs that a pediatric orthodontist hears from parents. So read on!
Ø At what age should my child first be seen by an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who is specialized in straightening and aligning the affected teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have their first orthodontic screening at the age of 7 ,as by this age an orthodontist can detect minute problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. However, most children begin their active orthodontic treatment between the age of 9 and 14 years.
Ø Why my child requires orthodontic screening at such an early age?
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into more appropriate position, reduce the chances of fracturing protruded front teeth and preserve space for permanent teeth. Early orthodontic screening can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, minimize the probability of impacted permanent teeth and avoid the need for tooth extractions. In simple words early diagnosis and early orthodontic screening can prevent most of the future dental-related problems in a child.
In case early treatment is indicated, our pediatric dentists at Green Meadow Dental will guide you on your kids dental care for the proper growth of the jaw and the incoming permanent teeth of your child.
Ø When is early orthodontic care required?
Following are the most common dental conditions that require early orthodontic care:
- Significant overcrowding
- Open bites (when the upper and lower front teeth do not meet while biting down)
- A noticeable cross bite
- A size difference between the upper and lower jaw
Ø Does early treatment benefit my child?
Yes, definitely! Early treatment will help in correcting many orthodontic problems such as crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, widely spaced teeth, etc. as it will help your dentist to develop an appropriate plan of treatment for your child’s teeth.
At Green Meadow Dental, our pediatric dentist can provide better screening to determine when your child is ready for orthodontic care. Families from Farmington find the easy drive to Newington well worthwhile because or our expertise and modern facilities, our friendly dental team and the relaxing disposition of Dr. Mukund.For more queries contact Green Meadow Dental at 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. We also service patients from surrounding areas including Meriden, Glastonbury and Newville.
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