Sometimes during a new patient exam we wish that we had the opportunity to see the patient several years earlier. Maybe we could have intercepted a canine tooth before it grew in off course, or maybe we could have helped to alleviate a thumb sucking habit before it caused structural changes to the jaw bones.
For reasons such as these, it is important to remember that every child should have an evaluation with the orthodontist by age 8. Treatment won’t be recommended until later in development for a very high percentage of these children, but the children that do require early treatment will benefit greatly from interceptive orthodontics.
Your orthodontist is the health-care professional with the most training in dental and jaw bone development, and can help you navigate if and when is the right time to intervene to affect positive change for your child.
So, the next time you are wondering when is the right time to ask for an orthodontic consultation, remember that each child should have an evaluation with the orthodontist by age 8.
Drs. Steve Cagliostro and Gary Romeo