Children's Dental Advice
Q. I like to be proactive. At what age should my child see an orthodontist?
A. Although the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by age seven, I like to see children by the age of 2 so I can detect and evaluate facial growth problems as early as possible. Before the onset of adolescence, it’s about how the jaws grow, NOT about the teeth! Crowded /crooked teeth are only a symptom of a jaw growth problem! How the jaws grow has more to do with a child’s rest oral posture (how they hold their lower jaw) which is directly related to their breathing habits. Early detection and management of unfavorable jaw growth maximizes the growth and development of your child’s jaws, teeth and whole face preventing the need to address future problems with invasive procedures. “An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!”
Darin J. Ward, DDS, MSD, FAGD, FRDC(c) \ Face ForWard Orthodontics \ www.faceforwardorthodontics.com