Your child’s oral health and development rely on more than just healthy teeth. It also depends on the positioning of their teeth. Alignment issues not only increase their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and dental emergencies but also issues with their ability to chew and speak. While you may think they do not need to see their orthodontist in Northampton for the first time until after they have lost all their baby teeth, this is not true. In fact, early intervention helps protect their adult teeth to lessen the need for invasive treatments as they grow.
Benefits of Early Orthodontics
Your orthodontist recommends your child has their first consultation around the age of 8. Although this may seem young, this gives the perfect window of opportunity to correct bite and alignment issues for less invasive treatments over the years.
Their permanent teeth begin to erupt around this age, which is when orthodontic issues become more apparent, such as an open bite or overcrowding. The issues can be easily treated at this point because your child’s bones are still growing. This makes it easier to correct the problems while also helping to ensure their permanent teeth erupt in the ideal positions. This decreases the likeliness they will need extensive treatments in the future.
What to Expect
Your orthodontist takes the time to get to know your child to help them feel at ease during their first consultation. They take images and x-rays of their teeth and oral structures to have a full picture of your child’s teeth and bite.
Your orthodontist carefully examines their teeth, mouth, and jaw. They evaluate their bite and ask about any complications that may have, such as clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing their mouth. They also discuss any habits or concerns that may impact their dental health, like thumb sucking. They may also create a mold of their teeth using an impression material
Based on the results of their visual examination and the information gathered from the x-rays, your orthodontist determines if your child needs Phase 1 orthodontics now or later. Phase 1 orthodontics focuses on correcting issues early before they worsen. It does not necessarily involve the aesthetics of your child’s teeth, but instead their oral health and development.
Invest in a Healthy Smile
If your child has not had their first orthodontic consultation yet, it is not too late to invest in a healthy smile. A personalized treatment plan creates the foundation they need for lasting dental health.
About Dr. Aaron DeMaio
Dr. Aaron DeMaio is committed to boosting his patients’ health and confidence through beautiful smiles. He specializes in orthodontics to provide the solutions families need to correct bite and alignment concerns for healthy, functional smiles. He offers services for children and teens, including initial consultations. He recommends you schedule your child’s first visit around the age of 8. Contact DeMaio Orthodontics today for their first appointment.