Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. It is filled with constant worries and questions about how best to care for your child(ren). The orthodontic team at Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, Texas wants to help carry some of that burden for your family. We want to serve the smiles of your family. We hope that answering some of these frequently asked questions about children’s orthodontics will help give you peace of mind and save you time researching some questions you may have yourself.
Q: When Should The First Orthodontic Visit Be?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that a child’s first visit be no later than the age of 7 years old. A visit is typically recommended by a dentist if a developmental problem is identified. A visit to the orthodontist can happen even if a problem has not been spotted yet. An early visit allows for any potential problems to be corrected while the baby teeth are still present and the jaw is still growing.
Q: What Does a First Visit Involve?
By age 7, enough permanent teeth have emerged in the smile to get a good picture of the smile’s development. A first visit will allow the orthodontist to evaluate the bite alignment and recommend any courses of action that may be needed. The first visit may result in no following steps or there may be need for treatment.
Q: Does an Orthodontist Visit Replace a Dental Visit?
No. Regular dental visits are still important to maintain the health of the smile. Routine dental visits will include exams and cleanings to make sure the teeth and gums remain healthy. Even during orthodontic treatment, it is important to still maintain visits to the dentist at least twice a year or every six months.
Do you have any questions about children’s orthodontics?
Please contact us with any questions you may have about orthodontics. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.