What age should my child see an Orthodontist?

The orthodontic organisation recommends that your child’s first orthodontic consultation be at the age of 7. A child’s dental age is sometimes different to their real calendar age, meaning that some kids are more advanced and may need treatment a little earlier than normal. An orthodontic evaluation by the time a child is 7 years old will help to create a roadmap for treatment and our orthodontist’s have the additional training, understanding and the expertise to offer support or specialty treatment in aligning and straightening teeth for young children.

Traditionally, treatment with dental braces or clear Invisalign aligners begins when a child has lost most of his or her baby teeth, and when the majority of his or her adult teeth have grown in — usually between the ages of 8 and 14.

Now with Invisalign First your child can start their orthodontic journey early, even when they still have deciduous teeth (baby teeth) present.

Invisalign First treatment or Phase 1 treatment, helps fix a broad range of teeth straightening issues, such as expansion and overcrowding.

Completing phase 1 treatment can also lead to your child not needing Phase 2, meaning that full comprehensive treatment of traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners can be avoided.

The best choice for you and your child will largely depend on the severity of your child’s dental problems. Talk with one of our orthodontist’s at Fresh Smiles Belmont or Fresh Smiles Newtown about the best course of action for your child.

 

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