When Should Children Visit an Orthodontist?

When Should Children Visit an OrthodontistRemember when patients waited until their teenage years to visit the orthodontist for the first time to begin the process of correcting their smiles? No more! Advancements in children’s orthodontics has taught us that early action can be beneficial in both preventing and correcting orthodontic issues. Early care from an orthodontist promotes healthy jaw and dental development for fewer issues that need to be corrected later in life. When should children visit an orthodontist for the first time? For the best interceptive care, start orthodontic treatment before all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Orthodontist

It is recommended that parents take their children to an orthodontist for a consultation before the child has all their adult teeth in place. This early appointment helps the orthodontist intercept and prevent any major issues before the jaw bone and teeth are fully developed. When the jawbone is still developing, it is easier to manipulate with fixed and removable appliances than later in adolescence or adulthood when teeth are in place and the jawbone is fully developed. The children’s orthodontist can also address behavior that could cause bite and alignment issues, such as thumb sucking and mouth breathing.

Benefits of Children’s Orthodontics

There are many benefits of early orthodontic treatment: Early care can prevent the need for more extensive and invasive orthodontic treatment when the child is older. It is always better to prevent something from occurring rather than fix it once it has already happened, especially when permanent teeth and bones are involved. An orthodontist is able to use various dental appliances with children to make room for incoming teeth and correct jaw concerns before the jawbone is fully grown. Children’s orthodontic care can save your child from future pain and discomfort — not to mention, it can also save you from future expense.


Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Fort Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options, contact your Fort Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.