According to the American Association of Orthodontists, every child should receive a professional orthodontic screening by the age of 7. That’s because, at this point in their development, it’s relatively easy for orthodontics to correct any alignment issues in a child’s teeth as well as prevent others that could spell trouble for their incoming adult teeth. Read on to learn 7 reasons you should bring your child to Shirck Orthodontics by the time they’re 7!
1. Guide Jaw Growth
The development of a child’s jaws directly influences their teeth. If the upper or lower jaw is too small, for example, this can lead to crowding and bite misalignment that will need to be corrected later on. Fortunately, our team can apply early-age orthodontics to encourage proper jaw growth to fix these issues, which will not only improve a child’s facial appearance, but it will also help them avoid several orthodontic problems.
2. Correct Protruding Front Teeth
Front teeth that stick out too far is a fairly common problem. In addition to not looking great, this positioning also makes the teeth more likely to become chipped or broken due to an accident. We can easily resolve this issue to drastically lower your child’s risk for an emergency down the line while also giving them a smile they can be proud of.
3. Identify Harmful Habits
By identifying habits such as finger/thumb sucking or tongue thrusting early, we can help a child break them before they have a chance to influence the positioning of their teeth.
4. Improve Appearance & Build Confidence
Noticeably crooked teeth can cause a child to think twice before smiling or speaking, greatly affecting their social life and mental health. A personalized treatment from Shirck Orthodontics can give a child a perfectly straight set of pearly whites that they are eager to show off, which will give them the confidence they need to let their personality shine.
5. Direct Permanent Teeth into the Proper Positions
By correcting alignment problems in the baby teeth, we can essentially clear the path for the adult teeth to come in as straight as possible. This approach can dramatically reduce or completely eliminate a wide variety of orthodontic issues, helping a child achieve a beautifully straight smile and even bite in less time compared to starting braces after all of the adult teeth have come in.
6. Reduce the Need For Intensive Surgery Later On
A severely misaligned bite often requires surgery to be corrected, but we can help a child avoid getting to this point by tackling the problem at a much earlier stage. With braces, we can direct a child’s jaw growth so that the teeth come together evenly, creating a functional bite and balanced smile that doesn’t require a more invasive, surgical procedure in the future.
7. Improve Speech by Correcting the Bite
Crooked teeth or misaligned jaws can make speaking feel awkward and even lead to impediments like a lisp. We can remove these obstacles by correcting the bite so that a child is easily able to express themselves and never has to think twice before talking to you, their friends, or a teacher.
By bringing your child to Shirck Orthodontics by age 7, we can set them on the path toward a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles, all while reducing their overall treatment time and making their care extremely affordable. If it is time for your child to come see us, you can schedule a FREE in-person consultation by clicking here.