When is the Best Time for My Child to See an Orthodontist?

When is the Best Time for My Child to See an Orthodontist?
Posted on 04/15/2022

While it is pretty common knowledge that orthodontic treatment can help anyone at any age, we also know that starting early has advantages. Many parents wonder how old their child should be when they first see an orthodontist, and today the Myers Orthodontics team can answer that question. We treat patients of all ages at our family orthodontic practice in Fountain City, and Knoxville, TN, and are here to answer any additional questions you might have about braces and Invisalign.

When Should Early Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

Your child's first visit to the orthodontist should occur when his or her adult teeth have started to come in, around the age of 6 or 7. At this point, the orthodontist will be able to determine if any bite issues are forming, and can construct an interventional approach for your child’s first phase of orthodontic treatment. It is typical for orthodontic treatment to happen in two stages, with phase 1 taking place between the ages of 6 and 10 and phase 2 between ages 10 and 15.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Phase 1 of the typical two-phase orthodontic treatment model is geared towards preventing bite issues from forming as the teeth and jaws develop. The jaw and palate are quite malleable at the age when this phase typically occurs, and palatal expanders, partial braces, and other appliances can be used to guide the teeth into a more optimal position. Undergoing phase 1 makes phase 2 go a lot smoother. During phase 2 children get a set of braces that work to further adjust and fine-tune tooth position to perfect the bite and smile.

Make an Appointment for Your Child Today

If your child’s permanent teeth are coming in, it might be time to schedule an orthodontist appointment. Feel free to contact Myers Orthodontics with any questions, and request an appointment on our website. We specialize in orthodontics for adults and children and know how to make your little one’s first experience at our office pleasant and fun. It is a good idea to catch orthodontic issues early to avoid more invasive procedures later in life, and you and your child will be in good hands at our family practice. We can’t wait to meet you!