Benefits Abound for Children Who Visit an Orthodontist at an Early Age

Parents commonly wonder what the right age is for seeking orthodontic treatment for their children. Orthodontist organizations usually recommend that children between 7 and 8 years old visit an orthodontist. At this age, an orthodontist can assess a child’s current and looming dental situation to determine whether early treatment is needed. Visiting an orthodontist presents numerous benefits, including early detection of teeth alignment problems and immediate intervention to avoid further complications, which can lead to physical and emotional problems.

Signs that Suggest the Need for an Orthodontist

Parents should be aware of the signs in their children’s teeth that determine the need for an early orthodontic appointment. Crowded, misappropriated or otherwise inordinate teeth are clear signals that orthodontic treatment is needed. A premature or tardy loss of baby teeth can also justify an early orthodontist appointment.

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