To have a smile that’s good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned – in other words, a healthy bite. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7. Scheduling your child’s first orthodontic check-up around this point in your child’s life is perfect because before that age, it might be a little too early to fully evaluate what needs to be done. After the age of 8, it is possible we may miss a critical window of opportunity for orthodontic troubleshooting.
At Central Jersey Orthodontics, Dr. Sirena will evaluate your child’s facial pattern to look for proper balance, symmetry, and growth. She will count the number of teeth, take appropriate x-rays, and make sure you know where, when, and how to go about helping your child get all their teeth into a great smile with the correct alignment.
Dr. Sirena also believes that it’s critical to make sure every child feels comfortable getting check-ups before actual treatment is needed. Regardless of the type of treatment needed, the key to making sure that your child has the best dental experience possible starts with a great doctor/patient relationship. Dr. Sirena will take the time to make sure your child feels safe and comfortable so they will actually enjoy visiting the orthodontist.
For some children, their first orthodontic check-up may reveal that their bite is fine. For other children, Dr. Sirena might identify a developing problem, but recommend monitoring your child’s growth and development until treatment can be started at the optimal time. In other cases, some children will have problems with their bite that require early treatment.