All kids should get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7
To have a smile that’s good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned – in other words, a healthy bite. The Ontario Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic checkup no later than age 7. By then, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems can be spotted with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Follow this link to read more about reasons why you or your child may need orthodontics.
Give your child the gift of a healthy smile
Not only do well-aligned teeth look good and feel good, they also are important to good dental health. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to dental problems. Not everyone needs orthodontic treatment. But if your child does need help, it pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. Make sure your child receives an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.
Do appliances have to show?
Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to-invisible. Your orthodontist can advise you as to what options are recommended for your particular needs.
Choosing the optimal time for treatment
While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early. If it appears that treatment will be needed, your orthodontist can advise you as to the ideal time to begin. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Today, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients. Here’s why:
- Orthodontic treatment can help correct crooked teeth or spaces that you’ve been self-conscious about for years. It can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.
Maintaining dental health
- Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems, including abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can help you keep good dental health.
Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and more successful than ever for people of all ages. Orthodontists work with other dental practitioners – general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons – to provide a comprehensive approach to your dental health.