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MYTHS DEBUNKED PART 4: An Ounce of Prevention Could Be Worth a Pound of Orthodontic Cure

MYTH: My child is too young for orthodontic treatment. 

TRUTH: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends ALL children see an orthodontist by age seven. 

janko-ferlic-354852-unsplashMany parents believe that middle school and high school is the time to start thinking about braces. While the majority of kids wearing braces fall into that age category, visiting the orthodontist at a younger age can provide many long-term, even preventative, benefits.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children see an orthodontist by age seven, and while most children will not need treatment at this age, some have serious orthodontic problems that could result in damage if not detected early. Issues such as a narrow upper jaw, cross bite and lack of space for permanent teeth are much easier to correct at a younger age. Early orthodontic intervention will also diagnose teeth development issues including premature loss of baby teeth, impacted adult teeth, and unbalanced jaws.kamal-bilal-511362-unsplash

Early orthodontic evaluation and treatment can help prevent issues from increasing in severity, and might also help you save money through reduced treatments down the road. Even if you’re confident your child has a naturally healthy smile, consider a consultation with a board certified orthodontist part of your child’s well check routine starting around age seven.