Crooked teeth are nothing new and neither are braces. Whether your child has a cute turn in one tooth or an overbite that needs attention, you’re probably worried about the pain and expense. Before you start stressing, sit and talk with your child’s orthodontist. He or she may be able to ease your concerns.
Your child’s first orthodontist appointment is a great way to learn about treatment options. First, you’ll learn if it’s time for your child to start orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics suggests parents take their child to an orthodontist for a first look by age seven.
Although your child will still have baby teeth, it’s an excellent time to see how his or her mouth is developing. The orthodontist will look at bite issues and how your child’s teeth are aligned. By age seven, a child will have a number of permanent teeth to evaluate.
The orthodontist may take X-rays and make a plastic mold of your child’s teeth to help him or her better determine what treatment scenario is best. They may recommend extracting a baby tooth or two or suggest braces. Take time to ask questions about treatment, time and expense. Your orthodontist’s office will be happy to give you the detailed information you need.
Have questions? Take a look at these common questions parents ask when considering orthodontic treatment for their children. Remember, an investment in your child now will give them a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime!