Most parents are wondering if it is really necessary for kids as early as 7 years old to pay a visit to the dentist for an orthodontic assessment, especially if you are concerned with the arrangement of your child’s teeth. It may seem too early but it may be beneficial to have an early orthodontic assessment at this age. This stage is where your child’s adult molars begin to erupt.
Early assessment can make things easier to fix rather than waiting until they are older. Young children have softer more malleable bones. Their jaws are easier to manipulate and since younger kids grow faster, the treatment takes less time.
An early assessment allows our orthodontist to guide the growth of the jaws, correct poor oral habits, lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and guide the growth of adult teeth to a favourable position.
Signs Your Child May Need An Orthodontic Assessment
If you notice the following with your child, it might be beneficial for your child to have an orthodontic assessment.
• Thumb sucking
• Protruded front teeth
• Not being able to comfortably close lips
• Jaws that are protruded or recessed
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Moderate to severe crowding
However, we advise having regular check-ups for your child here at Happy Rock Dental so we can monitor their growth.
A comprehensive orthodontic examination of the jaws and teeth are able to be done once most of the permanent teeth have emerged.
Dr Paulina Lee is an AHPRA registered specialist orthodontist and ASO member. As a mother, she knows the importance of good oral health to the optimal well being of a child. She is very caring and gentle, she makes each visit relaxing and enjoyable for kids.
For more information or to book a consultation, please call us on (02) 9523 0403. We are located at Suite 104, 28-30 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230.