Braces. They’re not something that brings to mind an adult, but most of the time you find yourself thinking of an awkward teenager with a metal smile. This is the most common view people have when thinking of braces, but it’s not the most ideal situation. Braces are actually much more useful and ideal at earlier stages in life during the beginning of oral development. In fact, the best time to bring your children into (practice name) for an orthodontic exam is by the time they turn 7 years old.
By the age of 7, children have grown all of their primary teeth and most have lost at least one, indicating the beginnings of the secondary adult teeth erupting. Developmental problems, if they develop, will be able to be spotted around this time and treated easier than if you waited until the child was older.
You may think, “What developmental problems”, but there are many more that can manifest aside from just fixing crooked teeth. These can all be spotted by an orthodontist around the age of 7 and fixed to ensure teeth and jaws grow in functional and healthy ways. Waiting until later in a child’s life can make correction more difficult as the jaws and teeth have grown stronger and are harder to adjust.
If you make the decision to bring your child in while he is young, you can begin guiding the growth of the jaw and permanent teeth from a young age and avoid those difficulties that could rise later. Your child can benefit from a lifetime of healthy, functional teeth and avoid the embarrassment of braces as a teenager.
To schedule your child’s consultation with Dr. John Anderson in Roy, Utah, call 801-774-5437 today. We look forward to helping your child on have a great smile for years to come.