In the case of children, a child should visit the orthodontist early in life so they can be screened for any potential orthodontic problems. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7.
Problems are Easier to Treat if Caught Early
Children generally begin treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. There are many conditions that are easier to treat if they’re spotted at an earlier age.
Some of the conditions that can be treated easily while a child is still young include:
Cross-bite â€“ When the upper teeth close inside the lower teethâ€¨
Crowding â€“When the jaws are too small to accommodate all the permanent teethâ€¨
Preventing Bad Oral Habits
Thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting and breathing too much from the mouth are just a few of the several bad habits that can develop in a young child. These problems may not be as easy to recognize as you think and are best caught early in the child’s life. If these problems are left to persist over the child’s life, they can cause severe damage.
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