braces4Early treatment for crooked teeth is crucial. Once a child has turned 7, it’s generally a good idea to take a trip to the orthodontist. By this time, your child should already have some permanent teeth – which makes it easier for the orthodontist to rule out dental issues he or she may encounter down the road and determine if orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

Orthodontic treatment in early development can reduce future risks of impacted teeth, permanent tooth extractions, and other conditions that may necessitate invasive dental treatment. Plus, incoming teeth can be guided by the orthodontist at this stage, allowing a greater chance that once the permanent teeth start coming in, they will have adequate room to do so. Taking your child to see the orthodontist at an early age also makes it possible for him to detect subtle problems that may not be readily apparent, even if the teeth appear relatively straight. At the same time, he may find nothing out of the ordinary and recommend only periodic check-ups to monitor the progress of incoming teeth and facial and jaw growth.

Dr. Pat Cuozzo, offers a variety of orthodontic options, including braces and other procedures, to ensure a straight set of teeth accompanied by a beaming smile as your child grows! Contact Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists, serving Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey, to schedule an appointment.