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Why should I Take My Child to Observation Visits?

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Dec 16, 2019 4:33:52 PM

When it comes to your child, it’s pretty simple what you want for them: to be happy, healthy and confident.  You may have noticed something off with their teeth or maybe you were by your dentist.

Either way you’ve taken them into an orthodontist, after your initial consultation you’ve been placed on the observation list. what? Are these observation visits even important? Should you even go? Why?

Yes, you should definitely take your child to their observational visits.

Let us break it down for you. 

Are these visits actually necessary?

They absolutely are. These visits allow the orthodontist to monitor your child’s development and correct any future orthodontic issues as they grow.

These observational treatments allow the orthodontist to intervene if necessary to intercept a developing or existing problem. These visits often given the orthodontist enough time to determine when an ideal time to begin treatment is.

It’s always best to detect these orthodontic problems earlier rather than later on. 

Some of the things the orthodontist will watch for include: 

  • Baby teeth are being lost schedule
  • Permanent teeth are coming in symmetrically, in the correct sequence at the correct time
  • Upper and lower jaws are developing properly
  • Permanent teeth have enough room to come in

What do you mean by treatment?

When it comes to treatment, we don’t mean that we’ll be fitting your child with braces. Treatment could mean pulling a baby tooth at the right or intervention to stop a harmful habit like thumb-sucking.

Orthodontists are the only ones qualified with enough training to know what type of treatment is needed, and when it will be most beneficial. 

Three reasons to take your child to observational visits: 

1. Evaluating the Primary and Adult Teeth

 Observational visits can recommend removal of the problem teeth to keep your child’s bite as healthy as possible.

As well as keep track of the baby teeth, if baby teeth aren’t falling out when they should or if X-rays reveal that the permanent teeth will erupt in the wrong way,

2. Planning Future Treatment

During observational visits, you can consult with your orthodontist about your child’s future treatment if necessary.

These visits can help you plan the optimal time to begin treatment. This will ensure that the braces aren’t worn for longer than necessary. 

3. Early Detection 

Like you probably understand now, observation visits are the best way to evaluate the development of your child’s jaw and teeth. Early detection of orthodontic issue will help you save time and money in the end.


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