16 September 2014

At what age should you schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation?

At what age should you schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation?

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Many parents and guardians start asking the question about the appropriate age to have their child first come for an initial orthodontic evaluation.  According to the American Association of Orthodontist, they recommend that children first visit an orthodontist age the age of 7.

During the early developmental years of a child’s dental eruption and skeletal growth, it is important for a specialist in orthodontics evaluate the child to determine a number of things.  Is there enough space for the eruption of permanent dentition?  Have they prematurely loss any primary teeth to early and need some type of space maintainer?  Do they have skeletal deficiencies, such as a short lower jaw or deficient upper maxilla?  Will they need any expansion of the upper palate?  Will they need any intervention due to thumb/finger habits or low resting tongue posture and anterior tongue thrusting habits?

You do not need to wait for your general dentist or pediatric dentist to give a recommendation to see an orthodontists.  You have the right and responsibility to be an advocate for your child and make sure their growth and development are addressed.

Dr. Farhad Moshiri has been practicing in the Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri areas for over 30+ years and has always had a focus on the early development and orthopedic needs of children…well before they reach the orthodontic age of about 12.  Dr. Mazyar Moshiri joined the practice after completing his degree in Orthodontics from the University of Louisville in 2008 and also prides himself on focusing on the younger years of our patients to make sure that they are developing on track.

At Moshiri Orthodontics, we use a variety of orthodontic and orthopedic appliance to help our young patients with a variety of skeletal issue, such as constricted maxillary arches, premature loss of “baby” teeth, asymmetrical growth and other concerns.  We use appliances such as expanders, holding arches, reverse pull-head gear and twin block appliances.

For more details, visit our website at moshtransfer.wpengine.com to see the Phase I appliances we use and why they are used.  To schedule an initial consultation for you or your child, give us a call at 314-4-BRACES (314-427-2237).

 


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