QUESTION: How many of these children need to see an orthodontist?
ANSWER: All of them.
This might have surprised you, but take a close look at each picture. Do you see what could cause a future problem for each budding adult? Your answer should be “no”, but a children’s orthodontist will say “yes.”
We can’t look at a person and be able to tell if they have a sore throat, so why would we think we can look at our children and see if they have a potential orthodontic problem which may be preventable?
You need to call a pediatric orthodontist for a consultation and find out now if you can do anything to help your child (even a baby) down the road.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children visit an orthodontist by age 7. They can detect subtle problems which aren’t visible to the naked eye including:
- Jaw Growth
- Early Emerging Teeth
- Crooked Teeth
- Missing Permanent Teeth
- Bite Analysis
- Harmful Oral Habits
- Overbite or Underbite
- Grinding or Clenching Teeth
- Speech Difficulties
- Facial Imbalance
- Biting the Cheek or Roof of the Mouth
Early diagnosis may be the key to avoiding a more complicated problem in the future, so don’t delay.