When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Braces?
This is a very common question that I have been hearing here in Kingston. Feel free to comment with any questions that you may have and I will be happy to respond!
The American Association of Orthodontics has recommended that children see an orthodontic specialist at the age of 7. This is usually the time when the 6-year molars and the 2 front teeth have erupted. Although we don’t usually treat kids that are that young, it is a perfect opportunity to learn about how your child’s teeth are erupting and if they may need future orthodontic treatment. This is also a great opportunity to rule out any crazy things such as if your child has missing teeth, extra teeth, cysts, or tumors not previously noticed. At an earlier age, it is also easier to create more room for the adult teeth to erupt, possibly preventing the need for teeth to be extracted.
At Efros Orthodontics, our complimentary consultation is very simple. Prior to your appointment, you would complete online medical history and insurance forms. If you had completed these forms prior to your appointment, it would maximize your time spent with the doctor. At your child’s consultation, we would count their teeth, evaluate their bite, check the alignment and possibly take a panoramic radiograph to make sure all their adult teeth are present. Overall, the whole process is simple and should take around 30 minutes.
Again, please do not hesitate to contact our office or myself if you have any additional questions!
Dr. Greg Efros