TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN
Most people think that the ideal time for orthodontic treatment is in the teen or adult years, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If your child has crooked, overlapping teeth or an uneven bite, it’s time for your child to see an orthodontist. In fact, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist as early as 7-years-old.
An early evaluation will give your child the best opportunity for a healthy, happy smile. At Sherrard Orthodontics, we strive to proactively treat potential issues before they develop into more severe problems. This approach may help reduce the length and cost of treatment your child needs at an older age by making treatment less complicated. At age 7, your orthodontist can monitor your child’s jaw growth or adult teeth eruption and correct problems before they arise – saving you time and money down the road.
Orthodontic issues are not always easy to identify, especially in young children. Some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic treatment include: early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty chewing, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, jaws that are too far forward or back (and that’s only to name a few). If your child demonstrates any of these issues, it’s important to see your friendly neighbourhood orthodontist to determine the next best steps in your child’s development. Even if your child doesn’t require treatment right away, an early consultation with Dr. John Sherrard and Dr. Fraser Sherrard will allow our team of specialists to monitor the growth of your child’s jaw and teeth, and ensure that treatment begins at the appropriate time.
Not only will properly aligned teeth and jaws make your child love their smile, increase their confidence, and improve their self-image, but a straight smile can also be a healthy smile. Misaligned teeth can negatively impact your child’s oral hygiene by leading to dental problems. Straight teeth will help your child to chew food more effectively, which prevents problems such as cavities or gum disease.
The investment in braces is life-changing. If your child is age 7 and has never had an orthodontic screening, book a free consultation with us today!
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