A common question we get as dental assistants here at Gaston Orthodontics is “When should my child come in to get braces?” Since every child’s teeth and mouth develop differently, this question is answered differently each time it is asked and is why we encourage you to bring your child in for a consultation. The one thing our experts can easily answer is that the earlier you bring your child in to see us, the better off their oral health will be.

According to The American Association of Orthodontics, a child should see their orthodontist for the first time around age 6 or 7. Around this age, permanent teeth start to grow in which makes any potential orthodontic issues evident right off the bat. Although we encourage you to bring your child in around these ages, it does not mean that treatment of any kind will be necessary right away! Our professionals want to make sure that if your child needs treatment, they get it right away and if they do not, we can collectively make an action plan to see you later down the line.

Any issues with your child’s dental health are much easier to correct if found while your child’s jaw is still growing. This is why some children are given palate expanders before getting braces. Palate expanders create more room for incoming permanent teeth to grow into their correct alignment rather than having to move those teeth later on. A roomier mouth helps your child maintain their oral health and makes it easier for our experts to straighten your smile!

Even with early orthodontic treatment, most children will need braces at some point. You can schedule your child’s first orthodontic consultation using our easy online scheduler HERE. If you have any further questions regarding the care we offer at Gaston Orthodontics, please call use at (704) 671-4051. We are always happy to help!