The 7 & Up Check-UpCoral Springs, FL

Once your child has reached the age of seven, it will be time to schedule them for an orthodontic checkup at our Coral Springs, FL office. Isn’t this exciting? This age represents a significant milestone in their oral development, as they will, or have already, started losing their baby teeth and growing in their permanent teeth. Though this process will be gradual, it is important to start paying close attention to their facial and oral morphology as soon as possible.

Below, we will tell you a bit more about what to expect during this checkup and why it is so important.

Orthodontics For Children

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that all children receive an orthodontic checkup no later than the age of seven. This is important because early detection of any orthodontic issues can help to prevent more serious problems from developing as your child’s facial structure and teeth continue to grow and develop.

Overall, taking your child to an orthodontic appointment early in life helps us to identify any potential problems and provide the proper treatment. While the teeth and jaw are still developing, our appliances can gently guide the growth process rather than trying to correct a problem that has already become more complex. In many cases, early intervention can help to prevent more serious, lengthy, and expensive orthodontic needs in the future. 

Preparing Your Child For The Orthodontic Appointment 

Before your child’s appointment, it is important to make sure they understand the purpose of their visit. While they are already familiar with routine dental appointments, the orthodontic check-up is a bit different. 

  • Explain to them that the doctor will be taking x-rays and having a closer look at their teeth and jaw; we may even take photos and plaster molds to get a better understanding of their oral development. 
  • Reassure them that this is a completely normal process and that it is nothing to be afraid of. 

Once this evaluation is complete, our doctor will discuss any potential issues with you and provide a recommendation for the best course of action. This can range from simply monitoring their growth and development, to beginning orthodontic treatments such as retainers, spacers, expanders, or braces. In the case that treatment is suggested, our team will make sure to answer any questions you may have and provide all the information you need to make an informed decision. 

From there, we will begin getting your child familiar with the probability of wearing an orthodontic appliance. Our goal is to make this process as smooth and stress-free for them as possible. 

The Long-Term Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Intervention

Through our comprehensive orthodontic care, we can help guide your child’s teeth and jaw into their intended positions, creating a beautiful, healthy smile that will last for years to come.  Early intervention can also reduce the risk of additional orthodontic treatments in the future and make it easier to maintain a healthy alignment throughout their adult years. Additional long-term benefits include: 

  • Reduced risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and excessive wear on their teeth 
  • Improved facial balance and aesthetic appeal  
  • Improved dental arch form and function 
  • Overall better oral health and hygiene
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