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According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best time to take your child to see a Catonsville orthodontist for pediatric dentistry is around age seven. At this age, all of your child's baby teeth are in place and likely to begin to fall out soon. By examining your child's mouth before his or her baby teeth fall out, your child's dentist will be able to assess whether the new, permanent teeth are likely to come in properly, even before they come in.
Of course, even if your child's dentist thinks that your child may need braces in the future, that doesn't always mean that you have to visit your pediatric dentist at Angel Dental Care in Catonsville right away. Depending on the concern and the severity, you may be able to wait a while.
There are several reasons your child may need to mend their smile. For example, tooth misalignment can affect your child's ability to eat and speak. It can lead to cavities, pain or damaged teeth. Alternately, your child's dentist may simply recommend braces for cosmetic reasons.
While early treatment can help improve outcomes in some instances, there also instances when it is fine to take a "wait and see approach." It all depends on the problem and the severity. If your child's teeth are already having a negative impact, you will need to act more quickly than if your child's teeth aren't presenting any problems, for example.
If, at age seven, your child's teeth seem crowded or out of alignment at all, bring your child into Angel Dental Care for a consultation. While you may be able to guess the severity of your child's condition simply by looking in his or her mouth, only a qualified Catonsville dentist will be able to assess if your child needs corrective orthodontic treatment for sure. It never hurts to get a professional opinion!