When should the first orthodontic examination be done?

It is recommed for every child when they reach the age of 7 to visit orthodontis for examination. However if your child have one or more have following conditions. It is highly recommed to make your orthodontist viist as soon as possible;

  • If your child has a nasal problem and breathes through his mouth,
  • If he has finger sucking habits,
  • If there is a heavy impact on the jaw or if there is a missing tooth,
  • If he has used a nappy for a long time,
  • If there is a problem of lip and palate,
  • If premature milk tooth extraction is done for any reason,
  • If the lower or upper cusp on the mother’s or father’s side is far ahead,
  • If there is a situation called toothy in the public language,

Every child with or without perplexity in their teeth must be seen and examined by an orthodontist.

The importance of age in the Orthodontic Treatments

There are two types of orthodontic problems, dental and skeletal.

If the dental problems are to be sorted out; rotated and intermittent teeth, ambiguity and narrowness, open closure, reverse closure, protrusion, diastema. Skeletal problems can also be categorized as frontal crossbite, posterior crossbite, deep closure and periodontal problems. Only one of these problems can be seen, or both can be seen at the same time.

Dental problems can be of any age without a specific age. Due to the possibility of moving teeth is lifelong, one can have orthodontic treatment if there is healthy bone in the mouth and as many teeth as possible at any age. However, if there is a skeletal problem in the person, age is very important in the treatment. As an example, the child’s lower jaw can be moved forward with the orthodontic device while the child’s lower jaw is under the age of growth and development. It is a treatment made with the growth potential of the child’s skeletal system. Growth and development in men begin to slow down at age 17. Girls end up at the age of 16. The skeleton develops rapidly between 10-15 years of age. Those with skeletal problems at this age are easily treated by orthodontic specialists.

What happens if the growth-development is over and if there is a skeletal problem?

Curable. Only in this case the lower jaw is advanced by jaw surgery by the plastic surgeon, not by the orthodontist. The orthodontist makes the proper alignment of the lower and upper jaws, while the plastic surgeon treats the skeletal disorders. This procedure, performed by a plastic surgeon, is called orthognathic surgery.In summary, it can be done at any age, age only changes the planning phase and shape of orthodontic treatment.

What is the time to start orthodontic treatment?

One of the most common enquiry that we are asked that what is is the best time to start orthodontic treatments? The one of the easiest way to determine is after your child has lost their primary teeth and the permanent teeth are erupting. This is when many of the indicators present themselvesThere might be a lack of enough spacein the jaw which could eventually lead to overcrowding teeth. This often results in an overbite or cross bite, resulting in a malocclusion.

It’s a highly recommed to get an orthodontic examination by the time a child is 7 years old. An orthodontist is a dentist with additional training, who specializes in aligning and straightening teeth. The best time for your child to get dental braces depends on the severity and the cause of the misalignment of your child’s teeth

Generally, fixed orthodontic treatment with braces begins when a child has lost most of his or her baby (primary) teeth, and a majority of the adult (permanent) teeth have grown in right after the second molars have erupted, which is usually around 12-13 years of age, but can be considerably earlier or later as well. This is the perfect time, as this is when all of the adult teeth are in the mouth, but the bones are still at their most malleable, and so treatment will be done faster, but the results will be easier to calculate and work with. This is that time that is ideal for orthodontic treatment, but this does not mean that you cannot get it later on. Earlier on is almost always out of the question, unless it is absolutely necessary, and unless the treatment itself is very complex or prolonged, in which case it may be necessary.

If you have identified the following conditions in your child, it is useful to take your child to the examination:

  • Finger sucking habit
  • The lower or upper jaw is positioned farther forward or backward than normal
  • Inhalation
  • Tooth contraction
  • Cross closures

Toothy Children (having an upper teeth protruding forward) should definitely be taken to an orthodontist before 9-10 years of age. As a result of the accidents that may occur when playing sports or playing games, the risks of cracking, breaking and getting out of these teeth are very high. Because these teeth are not protected by the lower teeth, they are unprotected. In such cases, treatment may begin at an earlier age than normal. This time determines the orthodontist.

Removable appliances are generally applied during mixed dentition. Fixed orthodontic treatment is done after an average of 12 years of age unless all the milk teeth are depressed and all permanent teeth are removed from the mouth, unless it is very necessary.

In children, depending on the orthodontic problem, considering both age and tooth condition, these two treatments can be applied separately to the dental treatment which is fixed after the palate. There is also a period of control between these two treatments. No treatment is done during the control period. The goal is to follow the development of the teeth. Only if the child has come to orthodontics and the period of replacement of all permanent teeth is over, direct orthodontic treatment is performed.

Your orthodontist may sometimes notice a problem early on, but that does not mean that treatment will start immediately. Between certain time intervals that your orthodontist determines, you can only call for follow-up of your tooth development. Thus, your child’s teeth development is under control. For your child, orthodontic treatment is most convenient and the start date of treatment is easily determined.

Do not compare the orthodontic treatment of your children with the treatment of other children because even your siblings are different in height or times.


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