Posted on January 4, 2023
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), it’s advisable for children to have their first consultation with an orthodontist before the age of seven. Orthodontics for kids are usually more effective as they are treating issues while the body is still developing. If your youngster still hasn’t had their initial orthodontic consultation, now is a perfect time to schedule one. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect during your child’s first orthodontic appointment.
Similar to a visit to the dentist, your child’s orthodontist will conduct a comprehensive exam to assess your child’s orthodontic needs. They’ll look at teeth alignment, bite issues, and jaw placement. All of these factors can affect the need for braces or other orthodontic treatments. Bite and jaw issues are most effectively done before the child’s mouth stops growing and developing. This assessment will identify issues such as over and under bites, open bites, and spacing issues. More comprehensive diagnostic testing will be conducted following the oral exam in order to identify less visible issues.
Just as with adults, orthodontics for kids includes diagnostic testing. Impressions and x-rays can be uncomfortable procedures to undergo. Talking with your child before their appointment can help to lessen their fears and anxiety. Your orthodontist will also explain what they are doing as they progress through the exam. These diagnostic tests aren’t painful but they can be uncomfortable, especially if this is the child’s first experience at the orthodontist’s office. Working with a team that is patient and goes out of its way to make the child feel safe and secure will help the process go more smoothly. Impressions and x-rays will help the doctor determine how to move forward with treatment.
Many offices will send you relevant paperwork to complete prior to your child’s appointment. This helps your appointment be productive and allows the staff to gain a wider understanding of your child’s overall health and wellness. Be sure to be thorough when completing these documents because they could have an impact on your child’s orthodontic treatment.
Is it time to begin the process of orthodontics for kids in your family? Our team is here to help your child get the most out of their treatment. Contact us today and schedule an introductory consultation to learn more.