When Should My Child See an Orthodontist for the First Time?

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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist for the First Time?

Many parents have noticed that younger kids are being treated with orthodontics and ask what the best age is to begin treatment....

Many parents have noticed that younger kids are being treated with orthodontics and ask us about the best age to begin treatment. Let’s explain how things have changed with orthodontic treatment since we were all in braces

According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists your child’s first orthodontic appointment should happen sometime between the ages of seven and nine. Some children can even benefit from an examination prior to that time. A good indicator will be obvious dental crowding or a misaligned bite when the adult teeth start emerging. This is often noticed by the parents themselves or during a routine check up with your family dentist who may then recommend a consultation with an orthodontist.

The reason there is a two year range for when children first need to be seen by an orthodontist is because of a potential disparity between their chronological and dental age, which is measured by the number of adult teeth present.

Orthodontists, due to their specialized training; can screen your child even before all of the adult teeth have come in. Based on the permanent teeth already visible, an orthodontist can predict and determine future growth patterns, allowing for a more proactive approach to a potential treatment, if needed. This is why, in some cases; orthodontic interventions are taking place earlier than they used to.

Britton Orthodontics

Britton Orthodontics

The advantage to the patient is that early intervention can avoid any further complications or more extensive treatments down the line. If there are any serious issues at a young age, the orthodontist can immediately work on addressing the problem, while also following your child's progress until all adult teeth have come in. After that point, it will be determined whether any further orthodontic care will be needed.

If your child doesn’t require orthodontic intervention at their initial consultation,, a regular six  to twelve month re-evaluation is still recommended. During the years of active growth, it is important to determine whether the teeth are developing correctly, and determine whether orthodontics will be needed after all the adult teeth are in, around the ages of 11 to 14.

At Britton Orthodontics, all initial consultations are free of charge. The consultation includes an initial set of photos and a thorough examination by Dr. Britton, before deciding on the best course of action. If Dr. Britton decides that further tooth growth is needed, his practice will continue following the patient at no extra cost until such a time as treatment is recommended.

If you are interested in booking a complimentary consultation with Dr. Britton, please feel free to do so here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email info@brittonortho.ca or give the office a call at 905.336.9916.

Britton Orthodontist, Dr. Jonathan Britton

Dr. Jonathan Britton, Britton Orthodontist