Many orthodontic problems can be detected long before a child’s permanent teeth are present in the mouth. Because Bluefish offers specialized care in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics under the same roof, we are in the unique position of being able to identify and address future orthodontic challenges early.
In partnership with our families, we develop a treatment road map with “mile markers” to help stay involved in the management of dental and orthodontic concerns. Often, if complicated ortho problems are identified early, they can be simplified or reduced by early intervention. Intervention can range from monitoring normal growth and development over time to more extensive treatments involving braces or other appliances. The key to early treatment is the recognition of potential problems and having a strategy to manage concerns over time.
When is a good time to seek an orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a screening X-ray and examination by age seven. A global overview of what is to come in terms of the presence or absence of teeth and the size of the developing teeth relative to the size of the jaws allows us to create a potential timeline for treatment. That said, the best time to come to us with an orthodontic concern is whenever you have a question! Even if treatment is not indicated, we are always willing to address your concerns and put your mind at rest.