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When Should My Child Visit an Orthodontist?

Early orthodontic treatment can prevent serious problems from occurring with your child’s teeth. Here at Mill Creek Orthodontics, we view early treatment as an opportunity to detect a problem while it can be easily corrected. It provides you with knowledge of whether your child will need orthodontic care in the future. Early treatment helps your child feel free to be with a happy, confident smile!

The American Association of Orthodontists states that by age 7 a child can have their first orthodontist visit even if they are not experiencing any problems. This is when your child’s mouth has sound structure. We can get a good indication of how it will develop with their permanent teeth coming in. Initial detection can prevent severe problems later in life.

Having your child visit with us is not an indication they may need braces. It’s more of an opportunity to see where problems may occur.  It shows us how we can help prevent problems from happening. Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth, it is also correcting the bite. Crooked teeth and other bite issues can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. This is mainly due to not being able to clean the teeth correctly.

Some benefits of early orthodontic treatment include:

  • Correcting harmful oral habits
  • Correcting bite problems like overbites and under-bites
  • Gives a better prediction of how the permanent teeth will develop
  • Increases self-esteem and confidence in your child
  • Improves speech and chewing food efficiently
  • Influences the growth of the jaw in a positive manner
  • Lessens future, and possibly more aggressive, dental corrections

Early orthodontic treatment increases your child’s confidence

At Mill Creek Orthodontics, we know how important it is for your child to feel confident when they smile. When you schedule a free consultation with us, you’ll be taking the first step to guaranteeing your child’s confident, radiant smile. You are giving them the opportunity to feel free to be themselves!

Even if your child doesn’t need orthodontic care, a consultation with us gives you the opportunity to become comfortable with what we can do to help your child if future treatment is necessary. We want you to enjoy working with us and know we value each person under our care.

Here at Mill Creek Orthodontics, we recognize the importance of building relationships of value and trust, not just for today, but for the future as well.

Call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.