For whatever reason, the majority of kids end up having to go through some sort of dental work such as braces in order to get their teeth straight and healthy. This means that a lot of kids are going to end up sometime in their life. Because braces or any other kind of dental work can sometimes take a few years, it is important to take your kids to the orthodontist early. This is also important because generally teeth are easier to move around when the child is younger and the mouth is not as set as it is when the child becomes older. Even if you are not sure if your child’s teeth are bad enough to warrant braces or not, it is a good idea to at least make an appointment with a professional orthodontist and get their opinion on the health of your child’s mouth. There are a few things that might not look like such a big deal to you but can cause a few problems for the child when it comes to how they are able to eat and speak.
Once you find a good orthodontist to make an appointment with, there should be a few things that the orthodontist and their team do. The first of which is that they should have your child’s full dental and medical history and go through it with you. This why they can know if there is anything that they need to look out for or be aware of. It is important that you give the orthodontist and their staff all of the information that you have on the health of your child so that they can make an informed decision on their path of action.
The next thing that the orthodontist should do with you and your child is go through a complete oral, facial and TMJ exam, possibly with x-rays of the mouth as well if it is deemed necessary. This will give the orthodontist and their staff a full idea on exactly where the teeth are in the mouth and even in the gums. This will show the orthodontists and their team what will probably have to be done for the child in order to craft their mouth to where they want it to be. Without a full line of tests and examinations, it will be impossible for the orthodontist to be able to figure out what the best treatment method is going to be.
Unless you have previous experience with an orthodontist or you have gotten a recommendation from someone that you really trust and has used the particular orthodontist before, it is a good idea to make a first appointment with at least two or three different local orthodontists in your area so that you can get a feel for how different orthodontists do things. You and your child are going to be going into that orthodontists office for quite some time to come so it is important that both you and your child like and feel comfortable with the particular orthodontist and their staff.