Kids smile hundreds of times a day. Their smiles are so innocent, so hopeful, and so full of that mischievous fun they love to get into. Kids should never be intimidated to smile, but certainly there can be some teasing. That’s why it’s important to get kids in early to encourage, develop and preserve an energetic smile.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child’s first visit to the orthodontist occur no later than 7 years of age. It is quite likely that no treatment will be indicated at that time. Some problems tend to improve with natural growth and development. Other problems that may not self-correct, if detected early, are much easier to address than if left until full dental development.
By age 7, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in. We will start to see a general pattern in dental and facial development that can be indicative of potential problems. Occlusal (bite) imbalances, cross bites, crowding and facial disproportions can often be detected by this time.
Examples of problems benefiting from early orthodontic treatment include:
Kids smile hundreds of times a day.
Their smiles are so innocent, so hopeful, and so full of that mischievous fun they love to get into.
There’s so much of life to discover and explore. For most, it’s the ideal time to structure your teeth to allow you to smile for who you are and who you’ll grow into.
Deep down maybe you’ve always thought, what if? Is it too late? You work hard, play harder and your smile should show just how truly amazing a person you can be.