Dr. Melissa Parker
Kingsway Orthodontics (Etobicoke)
Lakeview Orthodontics (Oakville)
In general, most people associate orthodontics with teenagers, because most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14. However, some orthodontic problems and some skeletal alignment problem are easier to correct when they’re found early.
At age 7, most children have a mix of newly erupted adult teeth while many baby teeth are still remaining, allowing an orthodontist to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, start monitoring your child’s case and begin treatment at the best time possible. Therefore, it is important to have an orthodontic check-up for your child no later than age 7 even though your child looks "normal" to you. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends check-ups by the age of 7.
Early treatment often involves the use of orthodontic appliances, which help to guide the growth of your child’s bones and provide a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In some cases, the results would have been impossible to achieve after the jaws and face have stopped growing.
Early treatment allows for your orthodontist to do the following:
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 favourable position
Improve the way the lips meet
Book a FREE orthodontic check-up today and let us help you create a beautiful smile for you and your family today.