The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have their first appointment with an orthodontist no later than age 7
That sounds early… let’s examine the reasons why:
• The bite of the back teeth is established when the first molars (6 year molars) erupt. It is important to evaluate the presence of bite issues early.
• The front teeth have begun to erupt and problems there can be detected as well.
• For some, this evaluation will lead to significant early treatment benefits which may include interceptive treatment followed by comprehensive treatment at a later date.
Problems to Watch for in Seven Year Olds include:
Anterior Crossbite: Front teeth in an underbite
Posterior Crossbite: Back teeth don’t fit together properly on one or both sides
Crowding: Not enough space for teeth
Open Bite: Front teeth don’t overlap
Protrusion: Upper front teeth stick out ahead of lower teeth
Ectopic Eruption: Teeth are erupting improperly
Complete Class III: Lower front teeth stick out ahead of upper teeth
Diastema: Spacing between teeth
Oral Habits: Thumb sucking, finger sucking, etc.
As an orthodontist, my goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time
More information can be found on the AAO website.
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