27 June 2019
When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?
by Dr Shaz

Seven. A lucky number to most. And if you’re as old as me, you’ll remember when George Costanza wanted to name his future child Seven. Why am I bringing up the number 7?

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that children are seen no later than age 7.

“But my child has straight teeth, why should I bother?”

There are several conditions and developmental problems that only an orthodontist will detect.

“I already take my child to a dentist, do I really need to take her to an orthodontist too?”

The answer is yes. Only orthodontists are specialists in the growth and development of teeth and jaws. We are equipped to recognise problems early and guide jaws and teeth to develop well and mitigate problems that may rise later on.

“What can an orthodontist do at such a young age?”

Where do I begin, how about this for starters.

  • we can guide the growth of jaws
  • we can prevent habits like thumb-sucking causing long lasting problems
  • we can guide the permanent teeth to erupt in favourable positions
  • we can reduce the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • we can improve appearance of teeth and teach healthy habits

“This all sounds expensive...”

It doesn’t need to be. At Milk, after the first appointment, we will monitor your child until they are well into their teens, at no additional charge. This includes all dental x-rays that your child may need growing up.

Call us now to book in your child, we are here to help. (09) 391 6455