According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best way to prevent many orthodontic issues is through early detection and intervention. That’s one of the reasons why orthodontists now recommend that parents schedule an orthodontic appointment by the time their child is seven years old – or sooner. By acting quickly, orthodontists have a small window in which they can correct problems before they become even bigger ones.
Through early intervention, our Fairview orthodontist can:
1) Guide Jaw Growth
This means we’re able to fix a problem like a crossbite or an overbite, or jaws that are too narrow or wide for the child’s teeth, causing gaps.
2) Lower the Risk of Trauma to Protruding Front Teeth
When front teeth stick out, they can become subject to injury because they are not protected by the lips. With early treatment, we can correct this problem and protect your child’s front teeth.
3) Correct Harmful Oral Habits
Some children suck their thumbs. As cute as it was when they were infants, children who suck their thumbs when their teeth are developing risk the possibility of substantial oral problems later. Early intervention allows our Fairview orthodontist to correct this right away.
4) Improve Appearance
In some instances, early intervention can also improve a child’s overall appearance. How? Children’s bones are still malleable, so fixing these problems is easier now than when they grow up.
5) Guide Permanent Teeth into a More Favorable Position
As mentioned above, because children’s bones and teeth positioning are more malleable at this young age, we’re able to guide their permanent teeth into a more favorable position. This could mean your child may not need braces later, saving you money in the long run.
6) Improve the Way Lips Meet
Your child’s teeth aren’t the only feature of their smile. Their lips are as well. When teeth stick out due to an overbite or an underbite, or when they are crooked, it can greatly affect the way a child’s lips meet. Early intervention gives us an opportunity to make sure that your child’s lips meet the way that they should.
7) Help Children Become Comfortable with Seeing an Orthodontist in Fairview Early
When your child is older, they may learn that they need braces. Kids that have no prior experience with an orthodontist may feel nervous or scared. By visiting Cascade Braces early, you’re allowing us to build a friendly rapport with your child so that if they need braces in the future, they will feel comfortable and at ease with the process.
We hope this post gives you a better understanding of why it’s so important to schedule an orthodontist appointment in Fairview with Dr. Bacon sooner rather than later. And of course, if you have questions, we’re only a phone call away.