The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. Early detection of any orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
The significance of age 7 is that by then, your child has enough permanent teeth for us to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Like most problems in life, orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Dr. Ryan Caudill adds, "early detection of orthodontic problems does not necessarily mean treatment, but if early treatment is needed, our team may be able to achieve results that may not be as easy once your child's face and jaws have finished growing."
If early treatment is advised, it can give your orthodontist the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
Our team is expert in making your child feel comfortable and an active participant in the evaluation process. Caudill Orthodontics has two convenient locations serving Brevard County, Florida – Melbourne
and Merritt Island
. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions about pediatric or adult orthodontic concerns.