When your child’s permanent teeth come in, it is not unusual for them to be improperly aligned or out of place. A consultation with an orthodontist is a common occurrence once permanent teeth have arrived to determine how teeth should be treated to correct any problems, or if orthodontic treatment is necessary at all. In general, a good time to schedule this consultation is between the ages of six and twelve.
Deciding If Your Child Needs Braces
In many cases, parents consult with an orthodontist because they notice their child has visibly crooked teeth. However, in some cases problems that cannot be detected with the naked eye can lead to long-term damage to your child’s teeth. Treatment with braces can prevent this damage.
Some behaviors or conditions your might observe can indicate that an orthodontic consultation might be in order. Things to look for as your child’s teeth come in can include:
- Visible crowding
- Visibly crooked teeth
- Top teeth that close inside the lower teeth
- Finger- or thumb-sucking
- Teeth that do not completely close
- Abnormal wear to tooth surfaces
If you see any of these issues developing, schedule a consultation to see if orthodontic treatment might be necessary in the near future.
The Best Time for Braces
Traditionally, braces are often delayed until the teenage years, after all the permanent teeth have come in. However, some types of treatment are more effective if they begin when your child is younger. For example, widening the palate is more effective in earlier years, when the palate has not completed growing. This type of treatment can make more room for teeth that would otherwise be crowded and require braces.
The best way to find out when and if your child needs braces is to consult with an orthodontist. Your child’s regular dentist can also help detect any problems that might be developing with her teeth. If you believe your child might need orthodontic treatment, please contact Creekview Orthodontics. Call us at 214-547-0001 to schedule an appointment today.