When should my child see an Orthodontist?
At what age should my child see an Orthodontist? This is a question a lot of us ask ourselves as our children's adult teeth start to emerge. You would think the answer is, Oh once all my child's adult teeth come in! WRONG! Dr. Martin likes to see children as early as 7 years old. At this age, the child will not have all their adult teeth but! will usually have the first permanent molars and incisors. At this point cross bites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When detected early, Dr. Martin can help to guide the incoming teeth and growth of the jaw. Dr. Martin tries to avoid extracting permanent teeth, so early detection of crowding is key. Appliances can be placed to help space out the arch so that adult teeth can come in straighter, ultimately helping when it comes time for braces! Could you imagine a shorter treatment time for braces, ALL because Dr. Martin detected the crowding at an early age!