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Even if a child is starting to show signs that they are going to need braces at an early age; our experience, as well as national consensus, agree that a child’s first orthodontic check-up should take place around the age of seven. The fact is that most kids will not need orthodontic treatment at such an early age if any at all but it is an excellent idea to have a check-up with a Miami orthodontic specialist to find out if there are any areas of concern for your child’s teeth, jaw, bite, etc.

Soon after your child has moved from primary (“baby”) teeth, into adult teeth, he or she may start to show signs. There are several orthodontic issues that can and should be addressed at an early age such as:

  • Underbites, overbites, cross bites, narrow jaw formation, thumb sucking, over jetting of teeth, etc.
  • Some signs that your child may need orthodontic treatment would be problems with speech, misaligned jaw growth,
  • At Lakes Orthodontics, we are quite an experiencing in dealing and addressing the needs of kids in need of braces.

We encourage parents to visit us for a free consultation around the age of seven. It is around this age that gaps and misaligned become more obvious. This is because as kids lose their baby teeth there is often not enough space for larger permanent ones to take their space. It is also around this time when braces are the most effective.

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When should I first take my kid to see an orthodontist?

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Parents frequently ask the same questions.  One of the more popular ones is just how early we can tell if a child needs braces.   Typically your child’s pediatric dentist will let a parent know if they see something worth checking with an orthodontic specialist.  However, a good rule of thumb is for parents to take their kid for their first orthodontic check-up by the age of 7.  This is not only my recommendation but also the official recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontics. This first check-up is an essential step in helping to ensure that your child’s teeth are off to a great start and that they will have a healthy and beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

By taking your child to an orthodontist at the age of 7, we are able to examine them and see details that you may not be able to see on your own. By this age, children’s teeth should have developed to the point that we can diagnose even minor problems that may be connected with such things as emerging teeth or jaw growth. For most 7-year-olds, their first visit to the orthodontist is a basic check-up.  However, for  a small percentage of children, about 5 to 10 percent can benefit from early childhood treatment which is what we refer to as “interceptive orthodontics.” Some of the potentially dangerous issues that we can possibly find and correct, include:

  • Jaw alignment issues such as underbite, crossbite, abnormal jaw growth, etc.
  • Impacted teeth: teeth that are blocked from coming down
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Gum tissue recession

By properly correcting these problems at an early age, we also help to improve possible social issues where children may be the victim of teasing or bullying. In fact, studies have proven that the #1 reason that bullying occurs to a particular child is due to the appearance of their teeth. A child’s smile can have a huge impact on their happiness and social acceptance as they grow.  With a healthy and beautiful smile, your child has a much better opportunity to be confident and gain social acceptance.