The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends kids see a pediatric orthodontist by age seven, even if there aren’t any apparent issues. A young, growing mouth is constantly changing, and having your child’s bite evaluated by a pediatric orthodontic specialist at this age can help identify developing problems in any early stage when they’re easier to correct (this is known as “phase one” treatment). If you spot any potential bite or teeth alignment issues before age seven, it’s always a good idea to consult an orthodontist sooner rather than later.
What Does Pediatric Orthodontics Involve?
When thinking of pediatric orthodontics, you may envision braces and other teeth-aligning methods. However, orthodontics isn’t just about creating an aesthetically pleasing smile—bite position and teeth alignment also play a key role in a child’s overall dental health. For example, teeth that are overcrowded or crooked are much more difficult to thoroughly clean, which increases the risk of decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. If a child has an overbite or an underbite, it can impact his or her ability to chew or speak comfortably. In some cases, an incorrect bite can make it difficult for the mouth to fully close.
Easily Accessible Pediatric Orthodontics in North Port, FL
Dr. Frank Pettinato at Cool Kid Dental in North Port, Florida, is a Board-Certified pediatric dentist and member of the American Orthodontic Society. Together with our team of friendly dental professionals, Dr. Pettinato offers pediatric orthodontic solutions like Invisalign®, clear braces, and other advanced methods to help kids achieve their best smile and oral health.
Don’t delay the pediatric orthodontic services your child needs when Cool Kid Dental makes professional smile care easily accessible, comfortable, and fun! Contact us today at (941) 841-1010 to schedule your appointment.