It’s best for the orthodontist to see children between the ages of 8-10 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and gauge the best time for beginning treatment.
During our complimentary consultation, we take x-rays (if we don’t already have them from your dentist) and conduct a thorough examination to evaluate your child’s dental development. Sometimes we initiate early treatment to head off larger problems and to expedite or simplify treatment.
Whenever possible, we will recommend a single stage treatment as opposed to two phases.
How can I tell if my child should have an orthodontic exam?
Check for the following early warning signs:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age 5, and will have all their permanent teeth around ages 11 to 13)
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Finger sucking (after age 5) or other oral habits
- Speech impediments/difficulty
- Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
- Protruding teeth (the top teeth and/or the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal manner or don’t meet at all
- Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
- Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth (crossbites)