Many parents think that their children do not need to start seeing a pediatric orthodontist until they are in high school. However, the family dentist will often do a preliminary exam and refer younger patients to an orthodontist. Although treatment might not begin for many or most patients until the age of twelve or so, there are several reasons why a child who is likely to need orthodontic care should visit a pediatric orthodontist at an earlier age.
An oral exam and review of past dental records will help the orthodontist to better understand the patient’s dental history and current condition. X-rays are a common method to capture the current state of the mouth and jaw. Impressions may be made of the upper teeth and lower teeth. A treatment plan may then be developed by the pediatric orthodontist for parental consideration.
Patient and Family Education
During the orthodontic consultation, our staff will inform the parents and patient about the evaluation process as well as the plan of treatment. Special dental care during orthodontic work will be explained, as well. The family will then have a better idea of how the process works and what to expect, along with how to support and coach the child with braces, especially regarding dental care.
As parents get a clearer idea of their child’s orthodontic needs, they can begin planning for the treatment. Health care insurance and budgeting needs can be coordinated to ensure maximum coverage for orthodontic treatment.
A tentative plan of treatment will be explained so that the family can prepare for the necessary procedures and appointments that accompany orthodontic work. Regular checkups are flexible, but it’s helpful to know in advance how to prepare for routine follow-up care. Treatment from a pediatric orthodontist will vary for each patient, but typically orthodontic treatments occur between ages 11-15 as most people lose all of their baby teeth by age 12.
To learn more about visiting a pediatric orthodontist, contact us today at Redmond Orthodontics and schedule a consultation! We help create beautiful smiles from our office in Redmond, Washington. Call us today!