Your Child's First Orthodontic Checkup

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No Later than Age Seven

As a parent, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a gorgeous smile. Start with regular dental care.

The American & Canadian Dental Association recommends that a child visit the family dentist by his or her first birthday, when baby (primary) teeth are starting to come in. Your general dentist can alert you to any concerns about how the teeth and jaws are developing. But sometimes there are subleties on the X-rays that only a trained orthodontist can pick up on.

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All kids should get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age seven

To have a healthy smile that’s good for life®, your son or daughter needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. The American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists (AAO and CAO) recommend that your child get a checkup with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age seven.

By then, your little one has enough permanent teeth for Innisfil Orthodontics to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Waiting until all your child’s baby teeth fall out can often make treatment far more invasive, because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early.

A checkup no later than age seven gives Dr. Shapiro the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, we may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment or in the future, please consult our office or visit mylifemysmile.org.