Does My Child Have to Wait to See an Orthodontist?

It’s a popular misconception that a child needs to have all their permanent teeth in place before going to see an orthodontist for the first time. There are a great many things occurring in your child’s mouth at a young age, and many of those things are hidden by the gums. There might be signs such as difficulty with chewing, or problems with speech, and even breathing through the mouth. If these conditions are not treated early on, they can be much more difficult to manage later as the child gets older.

The goal of taking your child to see an orthodontist 

Although a great smile is what everyone commonly thinks about in connection when they see an orthodontist, but the primary goal is to ensure that the upper and lower teeth fit together well and provide a normal bite. Having teeth and jaws in good alignment is the main idea, and a secondary result is that great smile. When you visit Upper Eastside Orthodontics, your alignment and bite will be evaluated by Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir and Dr. Jahn’Shahi, so you’ll know if any work is needed. 

The different perspectives of dentists and orthodontists 

The area of specialization for an orthodontist is a patient’s bite, which includes the broadest area of the mouth. Dentists, on the other hand, tend to focus on specific areas of the mouth, where special treatment may be needed to combat local issues. Whereas dentists search for disease, cavities, and gum issues, your New York, NY orthodontist is more focused on ensuring that a patient’s bite is normal and effective. Please call us to schedule an initial consult with one of our orthodontists. We can examine your child and assess anticipated issues. Many times, when concerns are addressed early on, they are easier to treat. Call us today.