One of the most common questions that Dr. Vladimir Tabakman, Dr. Melissa Wadler-Bloome and Dr. Tanner Mount hear from parents is, “What age should I bring my child in for a check-up?” The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist at age 7.
In the past, parents were usually told to wait until all of their child’s baby teeth were gone and all of the permanent teeth were in, or to just wait until their dentist told them that it was time to see an orthodontist. However, this has changed over the years.
At an early age, orthodontists can already spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present. Even though your child’s teeth may appear straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, and will give your orthodontist the chance to correct problems and improve appearance when children’s natural growth processes are in full swing.
Keep in mind that timing is everything and not all kids need early treatment, in fact, most kids don’t begin active orthodontic treatment until they’re 9-14 years old. If your child is older than 7, it’s not too late for a check-up. We will continue to observe your child’s progression until they are ready for treatment. You can definitely trust the true orthodontic specialists at Houston Orthodontic Specialists with your family’s precious smiles, and to help you make the right decision for your family. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation or get a second opinion.