orthodontist can fix issues before they get worse with early intervention
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist no later than age 7. Why?
By using his expertise of facial development, the orthodontist can fix certain issues before they get worse with early intervention. For example, the upper canine teeth often get “stuck” or move the wrong way. If not treated properly, a patient can lose permanent teeth as a result.
Young patients can also have bites that influence their jaws to grow more on one side than the other. This can lead to TMJ pain and dysfunction.
You may think that an orthodontist just lines up teeth. In reality, that is the easiest thing we do. An orthodontist is a specialist in dentofacial orthopedics which means that he or she is trained to influence the bones of the face to grow to ensure the best possible harmony between the upper and lower jaws. In growing patients, we are guiding the growth of the jaws in such a way to have the best chance to minimize the need for extractions or surgery in the future.
Even if treatment is not needed at an early age, a visit to the orthodontist that lets you know everything is coming along normally is great for peace of mind.