Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy, and one of the easiest ways to ensure that is with a strong and shiny smile! Here is everything you need to know when booking your child’s first orthodontist exam.
When Should You Take Your Child?
The great thing about booking your child’s first orthodontist visit is that there is no minimum age they need to be for the visit.
Parent’s are recommended to bring their children for their first examinations before the age of 7. This is because a child’s smile will contain both baby and adult teeth, making it possible to diagnose any potential issues that they may develop.
What Will Happen At The First Visit?
Before going to the appointment, parents and children should know that their orthodontist will only be looking at and taking photographs of the child’s mouth. These are straightforward and your child will feel no discomfort.
Parents can also expect the orthodontist to take x-rays of their child’s mouth and jaw during the first visit. These early x-rays can chart your child’s growth and will alert you and the orthodontist of any dental problems down the road.
Why Should You Take Your Child So Early?
Childhood orthodontic exams are important because they allow orthodontists to see if there are any oral health problems that the child may face later on.
After the examination, the orthodontist will explain the condition and growth of your child’s teeth and will provide a list of options that you can choose to prevent any issues.
Children’s jaw bones are also much softer and malleable at young ages, being about 50% of their final size and strength. This means that any corrective options will be far quicker and effective than leaving these treatments for later years.
You want your child to be as healthy as possible and so do we, and the easiest way to achieve that is by booking their first orthodontist visit. Give our dental experts a call today at (614) 763-6289 or visit us online and see the variety of oral care options available for you and your child.