Talking Treatment | When Is the Best Time To Consult an Orthodontist?
Orthodontic care isn’t necessary for everyone, but almost everyone could use a little straightening. It’s not an easy decision for a parent or an adult thinking about correcting their smile. When you’re raising kids, there’s so much going on with school, sports, clubs, activities, family stuff, that getting in to talk to an orthodontist can end up getting held off. A child can consult with an orthodontist anytime, and it’s never too late to come in.
When a child is about 7 or 8, this is when they are developing and growing at a very quick rate. This is the ideal time to bring a child in to see how things are looking. Not all orthodontic issues can be fixed at this age, but most of them can at least be identified. Bringing them in earlier can help them skip the time spent as a teenager wearing braces.
There are a few signs that are noticeable and should be addressed immediately by an orthodontist. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Overlapping Teeth
- Clicking or Popping Jaw
- Difficulty Chewing
- Asymmetrical Face
- Mouth Breathing
- Grinding Teeth
- Difficulty Speaking
Orthodontists use different types of braces, based on the patient’s case. Mouth appliances are custom fitted using molds or digital imaging, and may be fixed or removable. Sometimes certain teeth may need to be removed at the beginning of the child’s treatment plan. The earlier you get the child into see the orthodontist, the earlier they will finish the treatment, but it’s certainly a long-term commitment.
When you do decide to visit an orthodontist, be sure to find one that you feel good about. At West Seneca Orthodontics we strive to make a personal connection with each and every one of our patients, to ensure they are comfortable and feel good about going to see us. We feel very strong about our reputation amongst Western New Yorkers, and we feel that we don’t only do a fantastic job of providing the best treatment available, but we make a difference in people’s lives. Both young, and old.
If you’re considering consulting with an orthodontist, give us a call anytime and we’d be happy to answer any questions you or your child may have. We look forward to meeting you!