The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to an orthodontist for an evaluation by the time they are seven years old. At this point, the orthodontist will be able to get a good idea as to how their mouth is going to develop and whether or not they will need braces. If it is determined they need braces, you will want to follow a few simple tips during the course of their treatment.
Your child will be visiting the orthodontist rather frequently when they are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. As a result, you will want to make sure that your child gets along with the orthodontist. Sometimes it is helpful to get recommendations from people who already know you and your child, such as a pediatrician or a family friend.
It is also important that you keep a close eye on their oral hygiene habits during their orthodontic treatment. Braces make it harder to brush and floss properly, often resulting in food and debris getting caught in between the brackets and wires. Food and debris that is not removed can cause decay. Some patients find that inter-dental brushes work well for cleaning their teeth with braces. A good orthodontist will be able to instruct your child on the best methods for maintaining good oral hygiene.
If your child is over seven and you have not yet taken them in for an evaluation, contact our kids orthodontist in Torrance to schedule a consultation.