Give your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the Orthodontist by age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. Early treatment enables us to correct and guide your son or daughter’s jaw, create more space for crowded teeth, avoid the need for extractions later in life, and correct thumb sucking and minor speech problems. There are a few things to watch for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist, such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or popping jaws.
Early treatment allows your Orthodontist to:
Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
Create more space for crowded teeth
Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems