Does my child have to wait until they have all of their permanent teeth to see an orthodontist?
This is one of the most common questions that dentists and orthodontists hear. Surprisingly, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that a child's first visit to the orthodontist take place prior to their 7th birthday.
It's not clear where the notion that a child must have all of their permanent teeth before their first visit originated, but you can rest assured that it is incorrect. Orthodontic professionals are able to spot potential problems and put a correction plan in motion long before a child has all of their permanent teeth.
See an Orthodontist Early
Your child's dentist is skilled in recognizing any issues with their patients' teeth, gums, and overall condition of their mouths. On the other hand, an orthodontist can pinpoint any situations that have the potential to become major problems as the patient ages. When they see pediatric patients before their 7th birthday, they can get to work on formulating a solution.
The main goal of orthodontics is a properly aligned bite, and there's no reason to wait until the baby teeth fall out to get started on reaching this important goal.
If you are the parent of a young child, it's time to schedule their initial orthodontic visit. And if your child is over the age of 7 but they still haven't had their first orthodontic appointment, now is the perfect time to get that scheduled.
Remember: most insurance plans do not require a referral from your dentist to visit an orthodontist. Simply call the office of Dr. Frugé today and get started on securing a healthy bite and beautiful smile for your child!