Providing Children in the Fairfield & Bridgeport CT Area with Expert Orthodontic Care
At Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our team of skilled orthodontists believes prevention and early interceptive care are important for your child’s smile. We recommend that your child receive their first orthodontic examination at an early age, as this will help us to correct any potential bite problems before they become more severe. Please read below to learn more about the importance of early orthodontic treatment.
Importance of Starting Treatment at the Right Time
A smile can be corrected at any age, but there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, our doctors and staff recommend that your child have their first orthodontic exam no later than the age of 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can aid in determining the most advantageous time to begin treatment. The many benefits to early orthodontic evaluation, including:
- Timely detection of orthodontic problems
- Better opportunity for more effective treatment
- Prevention of more serious problems
- Create room for crowded and erupting teeth
- Create facial symmetry through manipulation of jaw growth
- Reduce the need for tooth extraction
- Reduce treatment time in braces
Why Age 7?
By the time your child reaches 7 years of age, the first adult molars have erupted which establish the back bite. At this time, an orthodontist can properly evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and determine how to fix the problem before it becomes more severe. Timely screening and careful monitoring increases the chances for an incredible smile and more effective treatment.
Determining if Your Child is a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment
Yes, orthodontics does improve the aesthetics of your smile. However, more importantly orthodontic treatment corrects the existence of malocclusions, more commonly known as “bad bites”. Malocclusions occur because of tooth or jaw misalignment, and can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile. The American Association of Orthodontists concludes that untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems, including:
- Crowded teeth that inhibit good oral hygiene and promote gum disease and decay
- Protruding teeth
- Crossbites that can result in uneven tooth wear
- Openbites that can cause speech impediments
Schedule Your Child’s First Visit With Us Today!
We want to help your child to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. The earlier your child is screened for potential orthodontic problems, the better. Early screening allows us to design a custom treatment plan that will fix problems before they advance. Please contact us at our Fairfield, CT office by calling (203) 571-4552 to schedule your child’s first visit with us today.
We look forward to meeting you and your child!