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Orthodontic Check-Up for Children

Orthodontic Check-Up for Children
Posted on 12/12/2017

As your trusted providers of Lawrence and Topeka, KS Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic treatments, we at Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics always welcome you to stop by and see us at one of our two offices. We want to help put you and your children on the path toward a straight and healthy, lifelong smile – and this begins at a young age. Visiting your Lawrence and Topeka orthodontist shouldn’t only be done when there’s a noticeable orthodontic problem; all children should come visit sooner rather than later for an early screening.

What’s the Best Age to Visit the Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child’s first orthodontic visit should be at around the age of seven. This was chosen as the perfect age because this is typically when a child’s adult molars grow in, which will give your Lawrence and Topeka children’s orthodontist the earliest opportunity to evaluate your child’s side-to-side and front-to-back teeth relationships. Because of this, many orthodontic problems can first be noticed at this age, including overbites and crowding.
While we mentioned that this is the earliest time that a child can see his or her orthodontist, it’s important for us to stress that the earliest age is also the best age. This is because many orthodontic problems are actually easier to correct if treatment begins prior to the completion of jaw growth. Early treatment can sometimes prevent the need for extracting permanent teeth or other complex oral surgeries. Early treatment may not always be necessary, but it’s important to visit your Lawrence and Topeka orthodontist during this age just in case.

What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?

There are many benefits of having your Lawrence and Topeka children’s orthodontist performing early treatment on your child. Early treatment can:

  • Preserve space for unerupted teeth.
  • Create room for teeth that are crowding.
  • Create facial symmetry through the influence of positive jaw growth.
  • Lower the risk of injuries to protruding front teeth.
  • Reduce the need for tooth extractions.
  • Reduce the cost and overall treatment time that’s needed during orthodontics.
  • Improve a patient’s confidence.

Visit Your Lawrence and Topeka Orthodontist!

If you’re looking to schedule an appointment for your child (or if you’re interested in our Lawrence and Topeka, KS Invisalign or braces), please feel free to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at one of our two convenient locations. Our Topeka office phone number is (785) 272-3722 and our Lawrence office phone number is (785) 843-3183. We can’t wait to see you!