When my son was born, the hospital was amazing. They gave me this nice book filled with all
the things I’d need to know as a parent. When to take him to his first doctor appointment. How
to handle the common cold. Sleepless nights. What lullabies to sing. When he should go to the
dentist the first time, and so much more. And if you believe anything I’ve just written, I have
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Seriously, I was clueless. I remember this one time listening intently as a girlfriend relayed in
perfect minute detail her son’s second dental appointment. Needless to say, I reached for my
Pinot Noir more than once. All the while, I kept wondering, “Should I make an appointment for
Max? He’s three. Am I a bad mother?” (Her son was only one and had only one tooth.)
Of course, the next morning I called my dentist and booked Max his first visit. Despite his initial
apprehension and my guilt for not taking him sooner, we left the appointment feeling thrilled
he didn’t have any cavities. Although, I did find out that my son has a cross bite. Which meant
he’d need to see an Orthodontist when his big-boy teeth come in.
After doing some research I discovered that there are lots of ways to fix certain bite issues early
– especially if you take your child to see an Orthodontist around age seven. So, you can bet that
now that Max is seven I’ll be making that appointment. Seeing an Orthodontist early can mean
less extensive orthodontic methods later (like extractions and jaw surgery), and ultimately save
some green, too. (And who doesn’t want to save money?)
The question is how do you know if your child, who’s teeth seem straight as an arrow needs to
see an Orthodontist? Just to be on the safe side, your child should see an Orthodontist even if
they don’t have any problems with their teeth.
9 SIGNS YOUR CHILD SHOULD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST
1) Your child lost their baby teeth early
2) Your child lost their baby teeth late
3) Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food (not their sibling)
4) Your child is or was a thumb sucker or finger sucker
5) Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced
6) Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds
7) Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth
8) Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all
9) Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small
If you answered yes to one or more of the statements above, consider reaching out to an
Orthodontist for an evaluation. Overall, the best age for a child to get braces is between 8 and
14. But seeing an Orthodontist a few years early, could give your child the early intervention
they need to negate the necessity for braces later in life. Or, at the very least, shorten the
timeframe in which they need to wear braces. And what teenager doesn’t want to shorten the
time they’ll have to wear braces? (None that I know!)
So, grab your kids, buckle them into your 5-star, safety-rated, car seat and take them to an
Orthodontist early. Because what you can fix now, will make tomorrow a lot easier. And less
Hudson Orthodontics in Springfield, Fairfax and Centreville offers affordable orthodontic care
for kids, teens and adults. As a community service initiative, Dr. Hudson has implemented the
“Surfer Smiles Kids Club” which gives kids ages 7 and up free orthodontic growth check-ups
every six months (and a bunch of other cool stuff your kids will love!). To enroll your child in
this free program, click here.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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