What is the Best Age to Start Orthodontics?

The Best Age To See Your Scotia, NY Orthodontist

If you’ve been thinking about orthodontic treatment for your family, you may be wondering if there is a proper age to start. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we are committed to creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. That’s why we’re pleased to provide the following tips and information on orthodontic care, early treatment, and your child’s first visit to help you care for your family.

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The Purpose Of Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. At the age of 7, your child is just starting to lose his or her baby teeth. However, bringing your child in for an orthodontic screening at this age is important for the development of their smile.

Early screening identifies potential issues with the development of your child’s jaw, bite, and teeth. Starting treatment early will create adequate space for the permanent teeth to erupt properly. Good jaw formation prevents a whole host of issues, including:

  • crooked or misaligned teeth
  • tight or crowded teeth
  • protruding teeth
  • overbite, underbite or crossbite
  • asymmetrical face shape due to misaligned smile

Your child’s jaw and teeth help create his or her facial shape, affect chewing, and impact speech. That’s why visiting your Scotia, NY orthodontist at a young age is crucial to identifying potential problems and determining any needed treatments. Remember—the initial screening is not the same as actually starting orthodontic treatment. In fact, many young patients will not actually begin their treatment until ages 9-14. However, having an orthodontic evaluation early will allow your Scotia, NY orthodontist to monitor your child’s growth and determine the right time for treatment to start for optimal results.

The First Visit

At your child’s first visit to our Scotia, NY office, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of his or her mouth, jaw, bite, teeth and gums. This examination will help us determine if there are any potential problems, how they should best be corrected, and when to begin treating them. We may take X-rays to provide us with an accurate picture of your child’s oral health. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we strive to make each patient feel comfortable and at-home throughout the process, and your child should experience no discomfort or pain during this visit.

After the examination, we will discuss our findings with you, determine if and when orthodontic treatment should begin, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Schedule Your Child’s First Orthodontic Visit Today!

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’ve proudly created beautiful, perfect smiles for countless patients throughout Scotia, NY and the surrounding areas—and we’d be thrilled to do the same for your child! Get started on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles and book an appointment today. Or, if you’d like to learn more about early orthodontic treatment, feel free to contact us with any questions. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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