The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child is evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. You may think, wow that’s early! Why age 7? Dr. Rohini Mathrani from Spring Orthodontics is here to answer that question, but did you know that orthodontic evaluation appointments are free of charge? What do you have to lose?! It’s also a great way to investigate which orthodontist you would like to take your children to when the time comes. Win, win! Keep reading to find out why you should schedule your child’s first orthodontist appointment when they are 7 years old or earlier.
Checking Your Child’s Bite
By age 7, the first molars have erupted, so your child’s bite can be checked and assessed for any crossbites. Ideally, all upper teeth should be in front of or outside of the lower teeth. If this is not the case, then early treatment (also called Phase 1) can correct this relationship to prevent future problems with incoming permanent teeth and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
Correcting Negative Habits
There are habits, such as thumb-sucking, that can be harmful to the developing jaws. Habits can negatively affect permanent tooth eruption, restrict jaw development, and prevent the front teeth from touching. Dr. Mathrani can work with your child to eliminate these habits.
Position and Number of Teeth
Sometimes a child can have an extra tooth or be missing a tooth. Evaluating a child by age 7 allows Dr. Mathrani to evaluate the number of teeth and improve their position if needed.
Early Treatment Not Necessary for the Majority
Please keep in mind that the majority of children age 7 do not need early treatment. However, a timely evaluation at age 7 can lead to significant benefits for those kids who need early treatment, and provide peace of mind and information for parents of kids who don’t need it.
You can learn more from the American Association of Orthodontics at this link: The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up.
We love Dr. Mathrani’s approach to orthodontic treatment. Why pay for two phases of orthodontia if it’s not necessary?! We brought our daughter to Spring Orthodontics this past year and I felt so much better knowing that her teeth were on the right track. Dr. Mathrani set our minds at ease, we got to know her better, and my daughter felt more comfortable all around. So if the time comes for braces down the road, I feel like it has a much better chance of being a positive experience!
The evaluation appointments at Spring Orthodontics are complimentary. Contact them by calling (708) 505-2525 or visit their website at westernspringsorthodontist.com and fill out the contact form on the main page.
800 Hillgrove Ave #200
Western Springs, IL 60558
Want to find out more about Spring Orthodontics and Dr. Rohini Mathrani? Click here to read our article about her background and more.