When your child reaches age seven, or possibly even earlier, your pediatric dentist can determine your child’s orthodontic future. Bring your child into our office to see Dr. Field for a developmental evaluation.
Developmental evaluations, also known as orthodontic evaluations, can tell your dentist if your child’s smile or bite has any developmental issues that could require correction in the future.
Problems that can commonly lead to the need for orthodontic treatment include:
- Premature baby tooth loss
- Cross bites
- Abnormal wear of enamel
Problems like the ones above could cause TMD pain, gum and bone loss, headaches, and tooth loss if the issues remain untreated. Of course, problems like these could also mean a crooked smile that could undermine your child’s confidence.
The earlier these problems are detected, the less likely your child will have to suffer through more serious health difficulties. A developmental evaluation will help you stay on top of your child’s dental health and smile aesthetic related needs.
After the developmental evaluation, Dr. Field can help you determine the next step in your child’s treatment. Orthodontics may be your next move, or careful and frequent examination may be the better course of action, depending on the circumstances.
Evaluations don’t always translate to immediate orthodontics, but they will promote your child’s best smile. Each evaluation will help you, your child, and your dentist preserve your child’s smile in the most efficient way possible.
You should bring your child in for his or her first orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of seven.
We firmly believe that your child will enjoy the undivided attention of Dr. Field and his professional team in our comfortable and fun-filled office. Call us today to set up an appointment and smile on!