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The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Care

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As parents, we all want the best for our children, and ensuring they receive early orthodontic care is an important factor in keeping them healthy and happy. While most children do not need braces until around age 8 or 9, it is recommended that all children receive a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontists are dental professionals who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They are experts in the field of orthodontics and can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth that may not be readily visible. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7, as this is the optimal time to detect any potential orthodontic issues.

Benefits of Early Care

By detecting any problems early, orthodontists can provide the best treatment options and prevent more serious issues from developing later on. Early orthodontic treatment can help with jaw growth and development, as well as prevent the need for more extensive treatment down the road. Early orthodontic care can also help children avoid the need for jaw surgery, which can be painful and costly. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment can even help children avoid developing certain orthodontic issues altogether, such as overcrowded teeth or overly wide gaps between the teeth. Overall, it can guide jaw growth, lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits, improve appearance, guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position, and create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face.

Early Check-Up

Your orthodontist may suggest that your child wait until they’re older before beginning treatment, or they may suggest that they start treatment right away. Either way, it’s important to schedule regular check-ups with an orthodontist to make sure your child’s dental health is taken care of.

Overall, it is important for all children to receive a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Early orthodontic treatment can help prevent more serious orthodontic issues from developing. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, it is recommended that you schedule your free consultation with us to discuss your options.

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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