Many adolescents go through orthodontic treatment with dental braces. In order to determine if your child needs braces, it is important to schedule an orthodontic screening. Your child’s teeth will be examined and evaluated to let you know if he or she might need treatment in the future.
When is the Best Time for an Orthodontic Screening?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an orthodontic screening at the age of seven. At this point, several of your child’s permanent teeth will have arrived, and it will be possible to determine if they are coming in properly. If there is insufficient room in the mouth for all your child’s permanent teeth, it will be apparent even before all those teeth have arrived. Your orthodontist will be able to make a recommendation regarding future screenings as well as future orthodontic treatment, including dental braces.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an orthodontic screening at the age of seven.
Although this might seem like an early age for screening, it is a good idea to know as soon as possible if your child needs braces or other treatment. This way you will be able to prepare for the treatment and decide what your best options are.
Deciding When to Have Orthodontic Treatment
Once you’ve determined that your child needs orthodontic treatment, the next step is to decide when will be the best time to have that treatment. You and your orthodontist can make this decision based upon your child’s age, what kind of treatment is necessary, how serious the misalignment, crowding, or other problem is, and any other factors that might impact a successful course of treatment.
If your child’s teeth are too crowded, he might need treatment to prepare his mouth and his teeth for braces. This could include a palate expander or, in some cases, removal of some teeth to make room in the mouth. Part of your orthodontic consultation will involve discussing the possibility of pretreatment as well as length of treatment, payment options, and other important issues that will help you decide if and when to pursue treatment.
Schedule an appointment with either of our two convenient locations (Allen or McKinney) to discuss your child’s orthodontic treatment.