There’s a lot of controversy regarding the topic of when the right time to bring your child to the orthodontist is. At Grafton Orthodontics, we believe the sooner we see your child, the better we can prevent problems from arising. Here are some things to consider when deciding if it’s time for your child to see an orthodontist.
You’re noticing something isn’t quite right about your child’s teeth or jaws
As a parent, you’re likely to notice changes in your child’s teeth as soon as they happen, where a dentist might not see your child for months. If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth or jaws, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. You’re really only seeing ⅓ of what’s going on in the mouth, so it’s best to get x-rays to see what’s going on below the surface.
The earlier, the better
A common misconception is that you should wait until your child is a preteen to bring them to an orthodontist. But did you know by the time a child is 7, they have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate a current or developing problem? This is why you should bring your child as early as possible – to prevent more severe problems from developing!
Don’t wait for your dentist to refer you
Often clients wait for their regular dentist to refer their child to an orthodontist. However, you don’t need a dentist referral to go! In fact, dentists often don’t examine a bite and, therefore, wouldn’t know to give out a referral. So, take matters into your own hands and make that appointment.
The best way to determine if you need orthodontic care is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amanda Olejniczak at Grafton Orthodontics. Dr. Amanda Olejniczak and her team will complete a full examination and take digital x-rays to determine the best treatment method for you. We want to create a plan that fits your needs, budget, and goals. To learn more, call 262.377.8950.