An orthodontic evaluation is a crucial step in the process of straightening teeth and correcting bite problems. It allows patients to discuss their concerns with a trained specialist and determine the best course of treatment.
So, when is the best time to get an orthodontic consultation? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This is because certain orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are identified and treated at a younger age.
One of the main reasons for early orthodontic evaluation is to detect and correct problems with the development of the jaw and teeth. During the early childhood years, the bones in the face and jaw are still growing and developing. This means that certain problems, such as overcrowding or misalignment, can be corrected more easily at this stage. For example, a child with a narrow upper jaw may benefit from early treatment to help expand the jaw and create more space for the permanent teeth.
Early orthodontic evaluation can also help to prevent more serious problems from developing later on. For example, if a child has an overbite (when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth) or an underbite (when the lower teeth protrude over the upper teeth), early treatment can help to prevent these problems from getting worse and potentially avoid extractions or in severe cases, jaw surgery.
In addition to the benefits for the patient, early orthodontic evaluation can also save time and money in the long run. By detecting and correcting problems at an early age, patients may be able to avoid more complex and expensive treatment later on.
Overall, it is important for patients to receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 in order to detect and correct problems with the development of the jaw and teeth. Early treatment can help to prevent more serious problems from developing and can save time and money in the long run. If you have concerns about your child's teeth or bite, it is important to speak with an orthodontist as soon as possible.
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NOTE: The author, Dr. Graydon Carr, is a board-certified orthodontist who is in the private practice of orthodontics in Chico, California with his partner Dr. B. Scott Hood. Dr. Graydon Carr was trained at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Graydon Carr & Dr. B. Scott Hood’s are experts in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction therapy, functional orthodontics, clear aligners (Invisalign), and multiple bracket systems. This blog is for informational purposes only and is designed to help consumers understand currently accepted orthodontic concepts. It is not a venue for debating alternative treatment theories. Dr. B. Scott Hood & Dr. Graydon Carr are licensed to diagnose and treat patients in the state of California. They cannot diagnose cases described in comments nor can they select treatment plans for readers. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.