Generally speaking, it is wise to begin orthodontic treatment as early on as possible. At Grand Dental – Franklin Park, we highly recommend that you schedule a phase 1 orthodontic consultation for your child before they are 7 years old. Thanks to our in-house orthodontic specialist and the other talented dental experts in our office, we will be able to identify issues with your child’s teeth and jaws so that they can be treated in a timely manner. It is all part of our goal to provide truly comprehensive dental care for families in our community. If your little one is the right age for an orthodontic checkup, please contact our office today.
When your child is 7 years old, their permanent teeth have already begun to erupt. However, some of their primary teeth are still in place. It is at this crucial stage of development that an orthodontist can spot potential issues with jaw growth and occlusion (bite alignment). It is much easier to make changes to the jaws and teeth before the mouth is fully developed, so identifying orthodontic problems early on is best. That is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7 as the ideal time for a child to attend an orthodontic appointment. Doing so allows our on-staff orthodontist in Franklin Park to guide the development of your child’s mouth as needed.
Many developmental issues with the teeth and jaws can be properly identified only by an orthodontic specialist. That is why scheduling an appointment for your child is so important. A pediatric or general dentist may also be able to spot the need for orthodontic care during a routine checkup. Of course, parents are also an important part of a child’s dental team. You might notice some warning signs in your child that point to the need for orthodontic care, such as:
Each orthodontic treatment plan is customized to a child’s unique needs. Various types of orthodontic appliances may be used according to the specifics of the situation. For example, a palatal expander may be used to ensure that there is enough room in your child’s upper jaw for all of the adult teeth to erupt. If your child has prematurely lost one or more baby teeth, they may need a space maintainer to prevent other teeth from drifting into the gap. In some cases, a child may need braces as part of phase 1 treatment.
Phase 1 orthodontic treatment usually lasts 10 – 14 months, but it may be longer or shorter depending on a patient’s needs. After phase 1 is complete, our team will continue to monitor the development of your child’s month. If necessary, phase 2 orthodontic treatment will start around the time your child is 11 years old, after most of their permanent teeth should have erupted.