What is the Right Time for an Orthodontist Checkup?

Early Treatment: Why Your Child Should Have An Orthodontic Screening

Orthodontics for kidsOne of the most common questions orthodontists are asked is “when is the right time for a checkup for my child?” Even though most people assume orthodontic treatment should be started when their child reaches the pre-teen years, you should have your child evaluated much sooner. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic screening by the time they reach 7 years of age. By this age, children typically have a mixture of adult and baby teeth, which makes it the ideal time for an evaluation.

Benefits of Early Evaluation:

Orthodontics for kids allows the doctor to monitor your child’s teeth as they grow and age. This regularly monitoring helps prevent future problems and ensures the heath of your little one’s teeth. Other benefits of orthodontics for kids include:

  • Spot subtle problems with emerging teeth and jaw line while baby teeth are still present.
  • Identify any potential problems with your child’s bite while the problem is still treatable.
  • Early treatment helps prevent more serious health problems and can help make potential treatments later on in life less complicated.
  • Achieve positive results that would not have been otherwise possible once the jaws and face stop growing.
  • Early evaluation allows the doctor to choose the optimal time for treatment to begin.
  • Early evaluation increases the effectiveness of the treatment.

Early treatment gives your orthodontist in Fresno the chance to guide your child’s jaw growth, correct harmful and damaging oral habits, reduce the risk of trauma to their protruded front teeth, guide permanent teeth into the best position and improve the way their lips meet. Overall, early orthodontic treatment improves the appearance and health of your child’s teeth, jaw and bite.

Signs your Child’s Bite Isn’t Right:

Just because your child’s teeth look straight doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem with their bite. Unfortunately, trying to determine whether or not there is a problem can be difficult without the help of a professional. However, there are a few signs you should be on the lookout for that could that could indicate a problem:

  • Late or early baby teeth loss
  • Breathing through their mouth
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  •  Misplaced, blocked-out or crowded teeth
  • Thumb sucking
  • Jaws are too far back or forward
  • Protruding teeth
  • Biting the cheek
  • Biting into the roof of their mouth
  • Grinding teeth
  • Clenching teeth
  • Lower and upper teeth not meeting or meeting in an unusual way
  • Unbalanced facial appearance

If your child is showing any of the signs above, you should setup an appointment with your trusted orthodontist in Fresno to determine whether your child has a potential problem with their teeth, jaw or bite. The doctor will also provide you with the recommended course of action to correct any problems and keep your child happy and healthy.

Regular checkups not only create a beautiful smile, they also help keep your child healthy. For more information about orthodontic treatment in Fresno California and Clovis California, contact Nalchajian Orthodontics.

Nalchajian Orthodontics – 7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720

Phone: (559) 432 7100

What is the Right Time for an Orthodontist Checkup?

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