Dental Health and Children Orthodontics Start Early
Every child deserves healthy teeth and a pleasing smile, that starts with regular dental care. The American Dental Association recommends that a child visits the dentist by his or her first birthday, while baby teeth are emerging. Your dentist can alert you to any concerns about how the teeth and jaws are developing. Children Orthodontics starts only later on around 7 year old.
Children Orthodontics first check-up at Age 7
To have a healthy smile that’s good for life®, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a check-up with a children orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an children orthodontist to determine whether children orthodontics would be beneficial.
Dr. Elfersi is a a board certified member of the AAO and she is your children orthodontist in Beverly Hills.
Early treatment guides jaw growth and avoids extractions
Before permanent teeth have come in, it may be possible to help teeth to erupt into better positions. It’s common, for example, for the dental arch to be too small to fit all of the teeth. A few decades ago, the solution for crowding was almost always to extract some of the permanent teeth to make space. Today’s children orthodontics allow a wide range of treatments to avoid extractions. Putting off a children orthodontic check-up with Dr. Elfersi until your child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice.