A lot of parents bring their kids in for regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist, but aren’t sure when they should see an orthodontist. If this is you, we’re here to help! Although there isn’t a “perfect” time to visit an orthodontist, there are a few things to take note of when considering orthodontic care for your child. 

When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child see an orthodontist by the time they’re 7 years old. This is to ensure that any potential problems can be diagnosed early and a treatment plan put in place before they become more difficult to treat. 

Signs Your Child Should An Orthodontist

At Orthodontic Alliances, we like to remind parents that you know your child best. You, more so than anyone else, can recognize the signs that your child is ready for a trip to the orthodontist. With that in mind, here are some signs that you should bring your child in for a consultation.

Losing Baby Teeth

Most children start to lose their baby teeth between the ages of 5 and 6. As they lose their baby teeth, their adult, or permanent teeth, will start to come in. This is an important stage in your child’s oral development. Seeing an orthodontist at this age makes it easier for us to get ahead of potential issues and treat them before they become more complex problems. 

Overcrowded Or Gapped Teeth

If you notice that your child’s teeth are either super crowded or extra-spaced out, we recommend being proactive and bringing them in to see us before more issues arise. 

A Noticeable Underbite, Overbite, Or Any Irregular Bite

If your child has an overbite, their upper teeth will stick out a significant amount in front of their bottom teeth. With an underbite, their lower jaw sticks out further than normal. Either one of these bite issues can cause issues now and in the future.

Top-Rated Orthodontics Office In Michigan City, Indiana

Dr. Randy Schmidt and Dr. Evan Schmidt are two of the most knowledgeable orthodontists in the area. Right now we’re offering $250 off your orthodontic treatment when you begin treatment on the day of your consultation, so now is a fantastic time to bring your child in for their first visit. 

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