This is a one of my patients whose parents thought they were doing the right thing by waiting until she was 11 before bringing her in for her first orthodontic exam. Upon examination, it was immediately discovered that something was very wrong with her bite (and not just the space between her front teeth).
Why all children should have an orthodontic exam by age 7
While it might seem logical to wait until your child’s permanent teeth come in before they see an orthodontist, you might be making a big mistake.
What to do?
If detected early enough, an orthodontist would’ve been able to prevent this problem by creating a space to allow an impacted tooth to be brought into the arch. Unfortunately, this would be very difficult for a child at age 11. For the patient above, extraction of both impacted teeth (the “5’s”) and braces to align the upper and lower teeth was necessary.
An exam at age 7-8 does not automatically mean braces!
An orthodontic exam at age 7-8 is the best way to prevent this and other problems. The good news? Some orthodontists don’t charge for initial exams, and a referral from a dentist isn’t required. So if you have a child approaching age 7, be sure to schedule an exam to prevent problems down the road.Back to Blog Roll