The most common question that we get in our practice Is, “What’s the ideal age for my child to get braces?”
If you too are wondering when to bring your child to our dental clinic in thane for an orthodontic evaluation and are unsure about whether your child needs orthodontic treatments, please read the following for better understanding.
The Obvious Signs:
If your child has a very crowded set of adult teeth coming in, or if the permanent front teeth are way too protruded trapping the lip, then these are signs that your child should be seen by an orthodontist, regardless of age.
The Dental Age
Dental child care is a serious business which parents cannot afford to neglect. The time that your child needs to be seen by an Orthodontist depends not so much on your child’s actual age, but on what is known as a “dental age.”
Dental age is basically the time frame around which the permanent teeth are supposed to erupt.
The dental age of the patient might be entirely different from his or her actual chronological age. For example, an eight-year-old could have a dental age of 13.
It is for our team to determine your child’s dental age and then suggest if he/she needs orthodontic treatments.
The Official Recommended Age
The American Association of Orthodontists officially recommends that kids should see an orthodontist for the first time at around 7 years of age.
The orthodontist will get a baseline image of your child’s jaw and teeth alignment and will be able to determine the most beneficial time to begin orthodontic treatments.
Even if the child does not have all his/ her permanent teeth, the growth pattern can usually be predicted quite effectively at this age by an orthodontist experienced in dental child care.
The earlier orthodontic issues are detected, the easier they are to correct.
If a young child has serious orthodontic issues emerging, an orthodontist can usually address the problems immediately and then follow up with another round of orthodontic treatments when the child has all the adult teeth.
If your child is showing any of these signs, or if you have questions about braces for your child as well as other issues pertaining to dental childcare, feel free to call us on 022 25457766 or book an appointment with us.