As an orthodontist, I know first-hand the benefits of early check-ups for children. Early orthodontic treatment not only ensures good dental development, but also contributes to their overall well-being. That’s why I strongly recommend that children have their first visit to an orthodontist at the age of 7. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of early orthodontic check-ups for children.
Jaw Growth Guidance and Permanent Tooth Positioning
One of the main advantages of early orthodontic control is the ability to guide jaw growth in the right direction and influence the positioning of permanent teeth. By addressing potential orthodontic problems early on, we can actively manage jaw growth and ensure correct tooth alignment. This early intervention not only leads to a more harmonious smile, but also promotes better oral health, as aligned teeth are easier to clean and less prone to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Easier correction of orthodontic problems
Early detection and treatment can make a significant difference in the correction of orthodontic problems. By identifying problems before facial growth is complete, we can often address concerns such as overcrowding more easily. Early orthodontic intervention can guide jaw growth and create enough space for permanent teeth to enter properly. This means that subsequent orthodontic treatment will be shorter, less complicated and potentially less costly.
Starting treatment early allows children to complete their orthodontic journey at a younger age, enjoying the benefits of a healthy, straight smile sooner. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, which generally begins between the ages of seven and ten, can last about a year. The total duration of active orthodontic treatment, including phases 1 and 2, generally does not exceed two to three years. By investing in early orthodontic checks, parents can help their children achieve a beautiful smile and improved dental health in less time.
I believe in the importance of early orthodontic check-ups because I’ve seen the positive impact they have on children’s lives. Not only do these checks pave the way for a confident smile, they also contribute to long-term oral health. Remember, early intervention is key. By starting orthodontic treatment as early as possible, we can prevent more complex problems in the future.
If you have any concerns about your child’s orthodontic health or would like to schedule an early check-up, please do not hesitate to contact our office.