Cardinal Orthodontics is excited to be your new Rock Hill Orthodontist for kids! Although we treat people of all ages with braces and Invisalign, our goal with this blog is to inform, and ease parents’ minds before scheduling their child’s first orthodontic evaluation.
Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists suggests children get their first check up with an AAO Orthodontist by age 7? Usually by that time children have a mix of both baby teeth and permanent teeth. A quick examination and look at the permanent teeth can be very telling for the Orthodontist. This early check up will let them know whether or not there are any underlying issues that need to be addressed ASAP. At Cardinal Orthodontics, we do our best to make sure patients only have to wear braces once! However, there are some instances when 1st phase treatment is medically necessary.
Our goal at your child’s first check-up is to make them feel as comfortable as possible! We will take a few pictures, introduce them to our Orthodontist, and have our doctor perform a thorough evaluation of their teeth prior to discussing future orthodontics options with mom and dad. It is at this appointment that our orthodontist would be able to detect any early issues.
To learn more about what you can expect at your first appointment at Cardinal Orthodontics, click here.
There are few orthodontic problems that MUST be addressed when a child still has baby teeth. As your local, Rock Hill Orthodontist, we take a conservative approach to orthodontic treatment and strive to have our patients only wear braces ONCE. However, if our orthodontist thinks that having braces early is absolutely necessary, he will let you know at this initial exam appointment.
Here at Cardinal Orthodontics, there is never a charge for an initial exam whether it be for a child or adult! Our annual growth check appointments for children who are not yet ready to start orthodontic treatment are also free of charge.
Baby teeth – of course, baby teeth start coming in when infants are just a few months old. Most children have all of their baby teeth by age 3. Typically, the bottom front teeth come in first, and then the top front teeth follow shortly after. Some people wonder why they should worry about the baby teeth if they are just going to fall out anyway? The answer is simple. Baby teeth are more important than what most people think. They contribute to your child’s facial development and determine the way they chew, bite, and speak. Baby teeth also act as “placeholders” for the permanent teeth that will replace them one day. Although children will eventually lose their baby teeth, they can still develop cavities when not cared for properly. You should start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush as soon as they erupt.
If you notice that your child’s baby teeth are crowded, we recommend you contact our office sooner rather than later. The permanent teeth that replace the baby teeth are much larger in size, so developing a game plan early on in crucial.
Untreated orthodontic problems can become worse as time goes on. It can result in tooth decay, total tooth loss, or gum disease. Although the cost of orthodontic treatment may seem like a lot at first glance, it is much more affordable in the long run than other procedures used to treat the issues listed above.
We are proud to be your Rock Hill Orthodontist for Kids, and look forward to meeting with you and your family! Call today to schedule a free in-office or video consultation to learn more about treatment options for you or your child. 314-962-6242. You can also schedule online by clicking here.Categories: Orthodontic Treatment
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