Should I Take My Kindergartener to The Orthodontist? Learn the Facts
Parents need not fret – Dr. Hussain does not want your kindergartner to wear a mouth full of metal. Instead, he hopes to assess your child’s smile, bite and growth patterns to predict any future orthodontic discrepancies. Early detection of an emerging issue often leads to a speedier, simplified treatment process when the child reaches the appropriate age.
The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that all children visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by age seven. Because most children are still smiling with a large number of baby teeth at this age, many puzzled parents question the logic behind this recommendation.
It’s important to remember that the practice of orthodontics, known in professional circles as “dentofacial orthopedics,” encompasses more than just straight teeth. Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team closely examine the growing patterns of the jawline to detect developing under-bites or cross-bites, as well as perform x-rays on the mouth to spot any impacted, crowded or missing adult teeth.
Dr. Hussain can use the growing bones in a child’s face to his advantage. Because most dental development occurs before the age of ten, early treatment on moldable, young jawbones can lead to superior results, specifically in the patient’s profile, not achievable once the smile is fully developed.
“There are numerous benefits to pre-adolescent treatment,” says Dr. Hussain. “Results typically come faster and are easier to achieve, and the patient can be rid of orthodontic treatments at an early age.”
After all, isn’t middle school tricky enough without braces?
Parents concerned with the possibility of their child being placed in embarrassing headgear or required to wear clunky appliances need not to worry. Dr. Hussain, known by many locals as an orthodontist in Sherwood Park, utilizes the latest orthodontic treatments available, and is rarely forced to prescribe headgear.
Another common question raised by parents is the necessity of visiting an orthodontist when their child already sees a pediatric dentist. Both orthodontists and dentists are qualified professionals possessing doctorate degrees in dentistry. However, orthodontists are required to further their education at an American Dental Association approved orthodontics program for two to three years. As a rule, general dentists are prohibited from practicing orthodontics, and orthodontists must exclusively perform their specialty.
At your child’s next teeth cleaning, be sure to ask your dentist if he or she thinks it’s time for an orthodontic evaluation. Visit www.pureorthodontics.ca to complete and submit a doctor referral form.
Dr. Hussain, a provider of Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, self-ligating clear braces, and lingual braces is highly trained and qualified to work with young patients. Not only is he an active member in various prestigious orthodontic associations and a recipient of numerous dental and research awards – he is a father of three small children himself.
Get acquainted with your options for orthodontics in Edmonton and swing by our West Edmonton, South Edmonton, or Sherwood Park offices for a brief consultation and evaluation. Dr. Hussain and the friendly Pure Orthodontics team are happy to answer any questions you may have!