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When Should Your Child First Visit The Orthodontist?

Posted on October 20th, 2019 by Dr. David J. Griffin

When your child is around seven years old, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking him or her to the orthodontist. By the age of seven, most children have all their molars and at least four of their permanent front teeth, allowing an orthodontist to see if there will be any problems in the future.


How Can Orthodontics in West Allis Help Your Child?

When we detect issues earlier, they are easier to correct—interceptive orthodontics can possibly prevent severe problems from developing later in life. Griffin Orthodontics can help determine the status of your child’s teeth in three different ways:

  1. We can look at your child’s bite, decide that it looks good, and the visit is essentially over.
  2. We may spot a developing problem that will now be monitored over time.
  3. We discover an issue that will be more beneficial to fix earlier rather than later.


Orthodontic Treatment

Sometimes, parents think that their child’s teeth look straight and therefore they don’t need to visit us, but you should still consider stopping by the orthodontist for a check-up. It’s not always about the appearance of the teeth—orthodontists can help with issues like tongue-thrusting or mouth-breathing. Some other factors that make a child a candidate for orthodontics are:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Teeth grinding or clenching


Choosing The Right Orthodontist

We specialize in orthodontics in West Allis and are dedicated to providing patients with the optimal orthodontic treatment for their specific needs. Our team works hard to treat every patient with respect, professionalism, and sensitivity, so call us today to book your child’s first orthodontist appointment.


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