When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, some kids cannot wait to get braces or dental aligners while others worry about the process, but regardless you may wonder when it’s appropriate to broach the topic of these procedures with your dentist. You do not want to push the topic too early, but you might also worry that you will wait too long and miss an opportunity to start your child’s journey to a straighter, brighter smile.
When Should I Start Them?
The general age to start looking into cosmetic dentistry begins at seven years of age or when the permanent teeth come in. According to the American Association of Orthodontics as well as the American Dental Association, all children should be evaluated by an orthodontist at this age for potential dental problems. Yet if your child is already past seven years of age, don’t worry. There is no set age to begin cosmetic dentistry on one’s teeth.
Whether it’s braces, clear aligners such as Invisalign, or even dental implants, you need to wait until your child’s permanent teeth start to make an appearance and their jaws finish growing. Any time afterwards you may be referred to an orthodontist. If your child’s permanent teeth have already come in and you have not received a referral, do not hesitate to ask a dentist from Guerra Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado at your next appointment.
Begin Talks With Orthodontist
After you receive a referral from your dentist to an orthodontist you may be surprised to find out that your child may not immediately receive braces or cosmetic dentistry. Instead your orthodontist may choose to monitor the situation while he picks the right treatment plan for your child with their specific dental needs in mind. Whether it’s an overbite, where the upper jaw is bigger than the lower, an underbite, where the lower jaw is not aligned with the upper jaw or simply crooked teeth, an orthodontist specializes in creating the perfect smile for your child and will present a treatment plan accordingly. Treatment usually begins between 9-14 years of age.
Make a Plan
As a parent, it is natural to worry about your child and all of their needs—including the need for a beautiful straight smile. Yet you will need to wait until your child’s permanent teeth begin to come in before making an appointment with an orthodontist and even then you may wait a little while longer before treatment begins. Regardless of the wait, your orthodontist will ensure your child leaves their office with a perfect smile.