A Parent’s Guide to Supervising Your Child’s Orthodontic Needs
Most patients start orthodontic treatment in their early teen years or sometimes even earlier. It is important for parents to play an active role in their child’s health – including their orthodontic care. At Windermere Orthodontics, we are here to help prepare parents to make sure their child’s smile is on the right track.
1. Care For The Baby Teeth
While baby teeth will fall out in time, it is important to keep them healthy because they play a vital role in dental development. Make sure your child’s teeth are kept clean and healthy. Baby teeth help hold space for adult teeth that are coming in.
2. Keep An Eye On Crowded Teeth
If your child has crowded teeth, it is recommended that they see an orthodontist while they are still young. Crowded teeth can hamper the growth/eruption of permanent teeth. Your orthodontist will monitor the situation carefully to make sure your child’s dental development is on track.
3. Bad Habits
Thumb sucking and extended pacifier use can affect dental development as well. If these behaviors continue past a certain age, they can cause permanent changes to your child’s bite, which may be harder to correct as they get older.
If you would like to have your son or daughter assessed for orthodontic treatment, contact us at Windermere Orthodontics in Suwanee and Cumming. Please remember orthodontic check ups can start as early as age 7, as recommended by the AAO!
– Dr. Gorlovsky