Orthodontics Australia recommends children between the ages of 7-10 years visit a specialist orthodontist for an assessment. No referral from a dentist is needed.
Seeing an orthodontic specialist early is good because the orthodontist can intercept any problems before they start. They can also help guide the growth of facial and jaw bones and provide space for permanent teeth as your child develops. Find a specialist that you can talk to and trust because any decisions you make about your child are big ones.
There are other times that you should consult an orthodontic specialist. Things to look out for are:
Losing baby teeth prematurely due to cavities (decay) or trauma
Snoring or breathing through the mouth
Teeth that don’t meet properly when your child bites together
Protruding and/or overcrowded teeth
Difficulties with biting or chewing
A family history of impacted or missing teeth
Another thing to keep in mind is that orthodontic treatment is not just for children or teens. Adults can also correct their bite, jaw issues, or straighten their teeth.
The bottom line is if you are unsure, ask your general dentist or schedule an orthodontic consultation.
Visit Orthodontics Australia to read more about why seeing an orthodontist can help you or your child.