When parents choose to take their child to the orthodontist they are investing in their oral health. There are key benefits for patients who undergo orthodontic treatment early in life. First, children are likely to have a shorter treatment time compared to those who wait until they are older. Second, they are likely to have improved treatment results. Third, patients will likely enhance their overall health by correcting underlying oral issues as early as possible, which can reduce the risk of developing more serious problems down the road.
It is typically best to schedule an orthodontic screening once your child has turned seven years of age. Some of the permanent teeth should already have erupted by this point, which can give our orthodontist a better idea of any potential concerns that may occur as their teeth and jaws continue to develop. Remember, straight teeth do not necessarily mean good orthodontic health in all cases. Early screenings allow Dr. Pat Cuozzo to detect any subtle problems that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. If he finds areas of concern, he can review some of the available orthodontic treatments for children that can be customized to your child’s specific needs. If Dr. Cuozzo does not see any issues, he can still monitor the progress of incoming teeth at periodic check-ups.
If you are interested in scheduling an orthodontic screening for your child, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our orthodontic procedures.