Orthodontics for Children

Children with crooked teeth, issues with overbite, underbite, and crossbite, and other orthodontic problems should be seen by Dr Carter as soon as possible. Once your child has turned seven years of age, it’s a good idea to see an orthodontist. At this age, most children have permanent teeth, which can make it easier to diagnose problems or rule out dental issues that may develop later in life.

The reason children should see an orthodontist early in life is because the earliest possible treatment can reduce the risk of developing impacted teeth and eventual extraction of permanent teeth, as well as other conditions that may require invasive treatment. Also, at this stage, incoming teeth can be guided into the proper position, increasing the chance that there will be enough room for the permanent teeth to erupt without an issue. An early trip to the orthodontist can also help in the detection of subtle problems that may not be apparent at the outset, even if the teeth look straight.Even if there are no problems, it’s not a bad idea to have the progress of your child’s teeth and jaw-growth monitored to make sure that everything is developing smoothly.