A pediatric dentist can identify abnormal bites, crowded or crooked teeth and recommend early intervention by an orthodontist. Not only will this improve the look of the child's smile, but early orthodontic treatment may prevent more extensive treatment later on and provide a more ideal result.
The advantages of orthodontics far surpass appearance. Braces can straighten crooked teeth and guide teeth into proper positions as they come in. Straight teeth not only look better, but are easier to keep clean and therefore susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Braces can also correct abnormal bites such as crossbites. This may prevent one side of the jaw growing differently than the other and may prevent muscle and TMJ problems in adulthood.
The Canadian Academy of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 8. Even if your child is not ready for braces, a plan can be made between the parent and the orthodontist to make sure intervention is done at an optimal time to get the best results.
Make an appointment to see if your child is a candidate for braces.