The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are children and teenagers. That’s because children’s jaws are constantly growing to accommodate new teeth, which allows teeth to be moved easily during treatment. To find out if your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, it’s important to visit a children’s orthodontist for screening.
Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Early children’s orthodontics screenings allow for any problems to be caught and treated early. While not all children will require orthodontic treatment, every child should visit a children’s orthodontist for their first screening by age 7. This orthodontic evaluation is used to see if your child has any jaw irregularities or developmental complications that may indicate the need for treatment.
Some signs that your child may require orthodontic treatment include:
- A jaw that is disproportionate to the face
- Frequent thumb sucking
- Chronically breathing from the mouth rather than the nose
- Primary teeth that fall out too early or too late
- Malocclusion (overbite/underbite)
- Visible crowding of the teeth
What to Expect
Your child’s first visit will include a visual examination as well as maxillofacial x-rays. Our children’s orthodontist may also ask you about your child’s habits, including thumb sucking. Based on this analysis, the orthodontist will discuss potential treatment options if necessary.
If your child is fitted for an orthodontic appliance like braces or a retainer, there are special instructions you and your child will need to follow. The orthodontist will discuss proper care, and it’s important to help your child follow these rules.
Your child will have to eliminate foods like candy and popcorn kernels from their diet in order to protect their appliance. Proper teeth brushing and flossing is necessary to prevent any decay.
Schedule Your Appointment
Your child’s orthodontist will be happy to help you and your child through the process and answer any questions that you might have. To schedule a children’s orthodontic screening, or to inquire about common orthodontic practices for your children, such as braces or Invisalign, call us at (702)-832-0508 today.