Around the age of 7 years old, your child should see an orthodontist to determine if he or she would benefit from orthodontic treatment. At a young age, orthodontics can improve your child’s skeletal growth and arch forma, and correct any harmful oral habits.
By age 7, your child should have a mix of temporary and permanent teeth, allowing the orthodontist to predict future occlusion and function, as well as identify any developing issues such as crowding and bad bites. Interceptive treatment may be appropriate to prevent or reduce these issues.
An orthodontist can work closely with your child’s dentist to detect and treat issues so that your child continues to enjoy a strong, healthy, and functional smile. Please feel free to contact TinHan Orthodontics and schedule a consultation with Dr. Erik TinHan, our orthodontist in Pearl City and Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, if you have noticed a change in your child’s dental alignment or if your dentist recommended an orthodontic visit.