Thinking about your child and whether orthodontic treatment might be needed at some point? You’ve come to the right place. Orthodontic treatment can be a very important part of your child’s oral health care.
What is the purpose of orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is just cosmetic, right?
The beautiful smile that results from orthodontic treatment is the outward sign of good oral health, and sets the stage for the patient’s overall well-being. Orthodontic treatment plays a larger role in healthcare than is generally realized.
Where did my child’s orthodontic problems come from?
Won’t my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?
Untreated orthodontic problems can become worse, and more difficult to treat as a child gets older. Untreated problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, broken front teeth and loss of bone tissue that holds teeth in place.
Why does the AAO say that kids should see an orthodontist for a check-up no later than age 7? Isn’t 7 too young to get braces?
Remember, there is a difference between an orthodontic check-up and actually starting orthodontic treatment. Only a few orthodontic problems will need correction around age 7. Even so, not all treatment is done using braces.
In the event that a problem is detected, chances are your orthodontist will take a “wait-and-see” approach, and will check your child’s growth and development periodically. If treatment is needed, it can begin at the appropriate age for your child.
What if my child is older than 7 – is it too late for a check-up?
Should we wait to see the orthodontist until my child has all of his/her permanent teeth?
Is my dentist an orthodontist?
If your dentist provides general dental services such as cleanings, fillings, and overall management to maintain or restore oral healthy, then he/she is probably not an orthodontist.
Use Find an Orthodontist to locate AAO orthodontists. The AAO only admits educationally qualified orthodontists as members.
Are there board-certified orthodontists?
In Canada, specialists are certified by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC). All specialists in Canada must meet the standards set by the RCDC in order to call themselves specialists.