On February 28, we recognize National Tooth Fairy Day. Losing teeth is an exciting part of childhood—it’s a sign that your child is getting older and growing up. Plus, a visit from the Tooth Fairy makes the moment even sweeter!
If your child has already had a visit or two from the Tooth Fairy, it may be the right time for you to begin thinking about orthodontic treatment. Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children visit the orthodontist no later than the age of seven? Most people assume that orthodontic treatment shouldn’t begin until all baby teeth are lost—usually in the preteen years. But, with treatment strategies always evolving, experts now recommend early orthodontic visits for proactive care when needed.
Why consider early treatment?
Your child’s baby teeth may seem straight, but there could be underlying problems with their jaw growth, bite, and emerging adult teeth. However, if our orthodontists are able to examine your child’s mouth, they can make a preemptive plan to treat or monitor the development of these underlying issues. If we are able to catch these issues early on, we can begin treatment at the optimal stage of development and correct problems before they progress.
Through an early intervention plan, we can prevent more serious orthodontic issues from developing. If we are able to treat bite and jaw alignment problems while the bones of the face are still malleable, we can produce better orthodontic results. Additionally, treatment plans can expand the palate, making room for more adult teeth to grow in. This can save your child from painful tooth extractions down the road.
In many cases, early orthodontic treatment will allow our experts to achieve results that would not have been possible if the permanent teeth had already grown in. If we are able to intervene early in your child’s oral development, it can make later orthodontic treatment shorter, less complicated, and less uncomfortable.
If your child has already met the Tooth Fairy, it’s the right time to get in contact with us at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics! We can conduct a simple pre-screening to ensure that your child is able to get the best orthodontic care possible. Call us today to get started.