The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age 7. This is recommended because serious issues may be prevented or reduced when children receive treatment for a bad bite before all their adult teeth have come in.
There are significant benefits to speaking to an orthodontist early, even if your child does not actually start treatment. Orthodontists take a look at the condition of your child’s teeth, bites, and palate to propose a treatment plan that ensures that your child has no bite issues throughout their childhood. Children with bite issues may develop unusual speech patterns, experience pain while chewing or biting, have difficulty breathing, or develop low self confidence.
Orthodontic treatment can help your child if they struggle to bite and chew, while also contributing to improved speech. Also, aligned teeth and jaws look nice. A beautiful smile is a bonus of orthodontic treatment, and can have positive emotional benefits such as increased self-confidence and self-esteem as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion.
Furthermore, straight teeth are less prone to injury, decay, and gum disease, thereby reducing your overall dental costs
Learn more about why your child should visit an orthodontist early by downloading our E-book "7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Visit and Orthodontist".