Let’s face it, from a very young age, we start to shy away from the idea of going to the dentist or orthodontist. But the reason we do this is cause we have an unnatural fear that there may be something seriously wrong. The problem with this is that oral health issues don’t fix themselves, so the sooner you can make it to the dentist or orthodontist, the better. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little bit about when you should visit the orthodontist so that there’s no confusion.

Early Development

We tend to think of an orthodontist as someone we visit exclusively when we’re teenagers in order to get braces on. However, there are a number of reasons why you’ll want to take your children to the orthodontist before their teenage years. One of the main reasons you’ll want to take your child to the orthodontist is that they either had premature or delayed loss of their baby teeth. Although this may not seem like an issue, it can lead to misaligned teeth as the permanent teeth grow in.

Another reason your child should see an orthodontist is because of something called myofunctional habits. This includes things like tongue-thrusting and mouth-breathing that children do and can lead teeth to become misaligned as they grow. This, in combination with thumb sucking, can lead to serious problems later in life.

In general, your child needs to see oral health specialists more frequently than adults do because a lot can go wrong while their teeth are growing and changing. As an adult, your teeth are pretty set in their ways and your main concern will be keeping up with your oral hygiene habits. Although it’s absolutely imperative that your child learns how to take care of their teeth and gums, there are still other issues that can arise even with clean and healthy teeth.

Referred By Your Dentist

Dentists monitor the general health of your teeth whereas orthodontists are concerned with the alignment and growth of your teeth. However, that doesn’t mean that dentists aren’t able to spot orthodontic issues. In some cases, especially in the early development of permanent teeth, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist for early treatment. This may prevent the need for more serious orthodontic treatment down the line saving you the hassle and the money. Since you visit a dentist regularly anyways, there’s no harm in asking when the best time to see an orthodontist would be. If there are no signs of issues, he may recommend that you wait until your child is older to see an orthodontist.

General Consultation

Whether you have concerns about a medical condition or not, it never hurts to consult your orthodontist about treatment procedures. Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and see if there are any signs of issues. If there are, you can work on a plan that will get your oral health back on track. If you have questions about different orthodontic treatment options like Invisalign, traditional braces, Incognito Lingual braces, or ceramic braces, this is the best time to ask. Each option has its pros and cons so it’s important that you let your orthodontist know about any concerns you have and they will recommend the best option.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

When you’re ready to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist, contact your Top Rated Local® Orthodontist in San Francisco. It’s our highest priority to make your orthodontic treatment experience as seamless and carefree as possible. Read part two of this blog to learn about the other four reasons to visit an orthodontist and contact us today if you’re ready to get started.