Most people think of young teenagers as the primary age bracket for Orthodontic treatment, and they would be right. However, by the age of seven, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth. This is important to note, because some Orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are found early.
When you bring your child to an orthodontist, the few adult teeth that are emerging can be enough for your orthodontist to detect subtle growth problems that may cause issues at a later age. Catching Orthodontic complications early can help to correct problems such as crossbites, buck teeth, and overbites. Your child may also avoid tooth extractions and dental surgeries at a later age, and may enjoy more aesthetically pleasing facial symmetry by opting for early Orthodontic treatment.
By taking a proactive approach to your child’s teeth, you can eliminate or simplify the need for braces at an older age. However, even if a problem is detected in your child’s teeth, your specialist orthodontist may not recommend immediate treatment. In other cases, your specialist orthodontist may recommend early treatment to either resolve the problem or make treatment at an older age less complicated for your child.
It is recommended by the Australian Society of Orthodontists that children receive their first Orthodontic assessment at age seven. Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha is the only Australasian Orthodontic Board Certified Specialist Orthodontist in the Norwest area, and regularly practices Orthodontic treatment for children.
For an initial assessment of your child’s teeth, contact Norwest Orthodontics and receive expert Orthodontic advice for your child today.