Knowing When the Time is Right to Begin Treatment


Is my child too young for orthodontics? When should I make an appointment for their first check-up?  These are important questions to consider because teeth and jaw problems can become more serious over time if left untreated.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should first see the orthodontist no later than age 7. Although your child may still have some baby teeth at that age, they will have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and determine whether early treatment is necessary. Early treatment means treatment that is performed while baby teeth are still present.

There are a number of problems that may require treatment while a child still has some baby teeth:

  • Very crowded teeth
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Teeth that fit together abnormally, or don’t meet at all
  • Thumbsucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth

The goal of early treatment is to intercept the developing problem, guide the growth of facial and jawbones, and provide adequate space for incoming teeth. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in can make correcting some problems more difficult.

Pulsipher Orthodontics is here to help your family achieve the best smiles possible. If you would like your child to be evaluated, make an appointment with us today. Timing is everything!

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