Our goal for every patient is a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. The journey may begin at different times for everyone, but the best way to set your child up for success is to meet with an orthodontist early. Generally age 7 is the time where baby teeth are falling out, adult teeth are growing in, and a lot of changes start happening really quickly, making it the perfect time to visit your doctor. If your child is approaching 7 years old, here’s why you should schedule an appointment today:
Learn Healthy Habits
Most children don’t start out with great dental hygiene – thank goodness for baby teeth! Once adult teeth start growing in, your child’s habits become more and more important to their overall health. When you meet with an orthodontist early, you can be more prepared to teach your child proper brushing and flossing, as well as how to avoid potentially problematic behaviors like thumb sucking or ice crunching.
Identify Possible Issues
Sometimes orthodontic challenges can begin before we even have a full set of adult teeth. When your child meets with the orthodontist for the first time, you’ll have the best chance of identifying potential issues like protruding teeth or teeth crowding. By identifying these problems early you can get started on treatment right away, and save years of more extensive procedures later on.
Build a Relationship
Many of us grew up with anxiety or even fear surrounding dental visits. However, at Alizadeh and Schreiner we’ve taken every step to make sure the experience is fun, inviting, and comfortable for everyone! When you introduce your child to the office and staff from a young age, they have an opportunity to get comfortable, ask questions, and develop rapport with the people who will be involved in their treatment. This will lead to a more trusting relationship and ultimately a better outcome.