The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontist visit at age 7, but your child’s regular dentist might advise you to bring your child in to see us even sooner than that.
This might seem excessively young to you, but that’s the point.
Early intervention — or what is called Phase I treatment — can prevent future problems and even reduce or eliminate future orthodontia costs.
With younger patients, orthodontists can guide jaw growth; they can coax adult teeth into the right place; they can prevent gum deterioration; they can improve bites and close gaps; they can make room for new teeth; they can correct bad habits that are affecting tooth or bite alignment; and they can help fix cosmetic issues that can affect your child’s self-esteem.
In short, they can intervene before things get worse.
With that said, most children who see an orthodontist early don’t end up with a recommendation for immediate action.
Instead, your doctor will likely recommend a wait-and-see approach with regular monitoring until your child’s adult teeth are in or they might come up with a future treatment plan that can be implemented at a specific time in the future.
The important — and smart — thing about early intervention is that parents can know about potential problems sooner and plan accordingly.
At Bluffton Orthodontics, every recommendation for early intervention is made carefully and with much consideration.
We work hard to build strong, trusting and long-term relationships with our patient-families. We are in it for the long haul and want what’s best for each individual patient.
If you’d like to book a free consultation with Bluffton Orthodontics or discuss any concerns about early intervention prior to a visit, call 843-970-9316.