When you take your child for a visit to the pediatric dentist, braces may be the last thing on your mind—especially if your child is under 10 years old. That may be one reason why it comes as a surprise to many parents to hear their pediatric dentist recommend an orthodontic screening. For many parents, treating teeth that are just going to fall out doesn’t seem to make sense. However, there are several good reasons why your child’s dentist may want to have a closer look at your child’s early orthodontic status:
Early Evaluation Can Reveal Emerging Orthodontic Problems
The American Association of Orthodontists advises that every child should have an orthodontic screening by the age of seven. A pediatric dentist can look at the position of the teeth, evaluate your child’s bite with a panorex x-ray and anticipate any orthodontic problems that may arise. They are also able to evaluate open spaces, crowding, and distortion of teeth due to oral habits. Early retainers, expanders, and space maintainers can be made for children 8 years of age that qualify for treatment.
Early Orthodontic Treatment May Mean Easier and Faster Treatment
When orthodontic problems are caught and addressed early, it is sometimes possible to stop minor problems from becoming larger ones. This can translate into less time for your child in braces and easier treatment methods. Even if braces are not needed immediately, you will know what to anticipate for future treatment when the time comes.
Talk to your Manhattan pediatric dentist today about having your child screened for early orthodontic treatment. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry, we make your child’s orthodontic and dental care easy and convenient. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (646) 402-6578.