When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the first orthodontic examine of children should take place by the age of 7, while baby teeth are still in and their teeth and mouths are still developing.
Children might have to get braces for many reasons. Sometimes their teeth appear to be straight but there is an underlying condition that needs to be evaluated by your orthodontist. It is imperative to schedule an evaluation as soon as possible to prevent long term problems if your child has any of the below conditions:
- Difficulties of speech
- Imbalance of the facial features
- Thumb sucking
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Too much space or not enough space for teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Breathing through the mouth or snoring
- Clicking or shifting jaw
- Biting cheeks
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
The way the teeth come together is affected by both environmental and genetic factors. The size and shape of the face and jaw are different for each person and can be influenced by race and gender.