When should my child see the orthodontist?

If you are worried about the way your child’s teeth are coming through or want to ensure they come through evenly, a visit to the orthodontist can help.

AAA Orthodontics in Albany Creek and Strathpine are family focused practices who have a genuine care for the development of children’s teeth. Most parents are confused about when and if they should bring their kids in for an orthodontic checkup.

Generally speaking, the family dentist should refer your children to an orthodontist if he or she believes they may encounter problems later on in their development. However the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends you take your child for an orthodontic checkup at age seven. By this age, most of the adult teeth would have erupted and Dr McMahon from AAA Orthodontics is able to detect and evaluate possible problems before they become major problems.

Your Childs First Examination

Early examination gives Dr McMahon the data and analysis required to plan a successful treatment throughout the adult teeth eruption period. This also allows Dr McMahon to prevent any serious complications developing or to minimise the complexity of future treatments. It is important to note that an early treatment has the capacity to achieve a more desirable result before the jaw and face has stopped growing.

Not every orthodontic problem can be treated by age seven, however if the problem is identified, there can be steps and procedures put in place to encourage a better response to full orthodontic treatment later in their life. Here are some examples of what Dr McMahon will look for at your child’s first visit:

Tooth Loss and Eruption. Your child’s teeth fall out in a particular order, if that pattern in which they fall out is significantly unusual, there may be indication of development issues that need attention.

Crowding and Spacing. By the time your child is seven it is possible for Dr McMahon to tell if they will be subject to an excessive amount of spacing or crowding. Spacing is usually due to premature loss of a tooth, a tooth never developing or teeth that are too small.

Alignment. Teeth that come through crooked are more susceptible to wear and damage due to the unusual positioning affecting the gum line, neighbouring teeth and lips. Children with crooked teeth could be more likely to be subject of teasing; early treatment can help enhance self-esteem.

Protrusive Front Teeth. Fully correcting overbites isn’t appropriate until the jaw and face have stopped growing however Dr McMahon can take certain measurements to benefit the child orally and socially.

Underbites. As mentioned previously, bite issues need to be rectified once your child stops growing, but utilising methods that promote slight shifting is a definitive option.

Posterior Crossbites. A narrow or constricted upper arch can cause crowding or even lateral jaw shifting. If your child is showing indications of a posterior crossbite, the arch will need to be expanded to ensure sufficient room is available for the anteriors.

Anterior Openbites. This condition occurs when the top half of the teeth completely overlaps the bottom teeth indicating that the bottom jaw may be too small.

Orthodontist Recommendation

Dr McMachon from AAA Orthodontics recommends alignment screening needs to be done at age 7. We service Albany Creek, Strathpine, Brendale, Bracken Ridge, Carseldine and surrounding areas.

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