Straight teeth and properly aligned jaws contribute to good dental health as well as overall physical health. Orthodontic treatment can boost a person’s self-image as teeth, lips and jaws move into position and improve appearance.
2. How do parents know if their child needs orthodontic treatment?
The best way is to visit an orthodontist. The AAO recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age seven.
3. What if my child still has baby teeth at age seven? Should they still see an orthodontist?
Yes. By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for orthodontists to evaluate how the teeth and jaws meet, and to identify current or developing problems. If a problem is detected, the orthodontist and parents can discuss when treatment may be necessary.
4.How does a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?
Treatment and growth often compliment each other. In some cases, the orthodontist takes advantage of a child’s growth to guide jaws and teeth into their ideal positions.