As a parent, you are aware how important it to that you help your child take good care of his health. You let him know to brush twice a day, floss every night and also do your part by taking him to the dentist. If you’ve been doing this, your child’s pediatric dentist has probably recommended you take your kid to an orthodontist. These oral health care professionals have the knowledge and expertise required to correct improper bites that may affect your son or daughter’s smile and even the way he or she talks.

Orthodontists advise that parents schedule their child’s first appointment by the time he or she reaches 7 years old. At this age, it’s easier for these dental specialists to identify any problems and begin formulating treatment options. Occasionally, moms and dads wonder if it is still necessary that they take their son or daughter to an orthodontist, especially if their youngster still has baby teeth. Although it’s certainly true that all children lose their baby teeth at different ages, one thing remains the same: All boys and girls should have orthodontic checkups, regardless of how many permanent teeth they have.

The American Association of Orthodontists says that the reason for this recommendation stems from the fact that orthodontists need to evaluate how your child’s teeth and jaw meet. This will help make the decision of whether treatment can be delayed or needs to begin immediately. 

If your child has yet to see an orthodontist and you live in the Manhattan area, you may want to consider booking an appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists. Dr. Vaysman and her experienced staff will give you all the information you need about why your child may or may not be a good candidate for traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign.

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