Giving your son or daughter the gift of a beautiful smile is priceless! Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry specializing in straightening teeth so your child can smile confidently. But how do you know if they need their teeth straightened? And who should you trust to do the job?
When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Orthodontic Treatment?
Children should have their first orthodontic evaluation between the ages of seven and eight. Some children can benefit from early orthodontic intervention, which may start at this age, while others can wait until they're 12 or 13 years old to begin their orthodontic treatment.
Who Needs Early Orthodontic Intervention?
Children with crowded baby teeth may have little space for their adult teeth. An expander appliance can use the child's growth to create more space for future incoming adult teeth.
If your son or daughter has a severe overbite or underbite, they may benefit from early orthodontic intervention to correct the bite and make straightening teeth easier when they're older.
Choosing the Right Orthodontist
Asking friends and family for referrals is one way to find a trusted orthodontist. In addition, it's a good idea to schedule a few appointments as different orthodontists may have other treatment ideas and philosophies.
Be sure to ask all of your questions during your evaluation, so you have a clear understanding of the treatment plan. Treatment may differ with each orthodontist.
Consider Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
If you think your child may need braces in Apple Valley, MN, Drs. Kyle and Katie Nordeen would love to chat with you. This husband and wife pediatric dental team takes care of children in Apple Valley and the surrounding communities of Eagan, Rosemount, Lakeville, and Farmington, providing dental care and orthodontics for children.