Each day, you look at your child and imagine her smile at college graduation or his beaming face after learning he’s gotten his first promotion. But playing the tooth fairy doesn’t stop with the last baby tooth. At Sprout Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we know you’ve got to start thinking about how orthodontics can make sure that smile is still gleaming 15, 30, and 40 years from now.
Keep that wand at the ready. Here are three things that should prompt you to call an orthodontist:
My child is seven years old. While it might seem early for your child to have a check-up with an orthodontist, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child get a check-up no later than seven years old. You’re still likely to be putting quarters under pillows in exchange for baby teeth, but there are enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to see if there might be troubles down the road. You want to catch problems before the face and jaws have finished growing.
My child’s dentist has pointed out crowding, spacing, or bite problems. A beautiful smile can brighten your day, but you might not be seeing some underlying issues. FreeBraceReports.com notes that there are some common reasons for braces — crowding, spacing, or bite problems. Crowding can occur from your child losing baby teeth prematurely, having a small jaw, or large teeth. Moderate spacing might be normal (permanent teeth have to go somewhere), but thumbsucking, small teeth, or tongue thrusting can lead to severe spacing. And finally, bite problems include overjet, overbite, openbite, and crossbites, all conditions that can wear on permanent teeth and put pressure on your child’s jaw.
Peace of Mind. Subtle changes to the face (including asymmetric growth) can go undetected for years until it is quite obvious. An Orthodontist is specially trained to look for those subtle changes in a childs face that could spell BIG problems. Today’s braces and appliances are much more innovative than the braces you might have had as a child. But by waiting to see an orthodontist, you might be limiting your options for child’s treatment plan. Meet with an orthodontist early to learn about tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, clear aligners, retainers, and of course, traditional metal braces. At Sprout, we offer a wide variety of braces, so understanding your options will also ensure you don’t have to mine fairy dust to afford the right plan for your child.
Being the tooth fairy doesn’t have to be a tough job. Care for your child’s smile by thinking about a comprehensive plan, from excellent dental care to the right orthodontic treatment for your child.
Schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child today contacting Sprout Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics online or by calling 281-359-5551 or 281-668-8408.