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You may have noticed that children are starting braces younger these days. Did you know that the ideal age for children to be seen by a Tampa orthodontist for the first time is age seven? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, most problems can be identified by that age.
There are all kinds of ways we can address issues early. For instance, removing baby teeth or using spacers can prevent more serious issues later.
The other biggie is thumb or finger sucking or a tongue habit that can prevent normal development from occurring. The sooner we fix those habits, the better.
We recommend that you screen your child at age seven. Any condition can be corrected as early as possible, saving them time and discomfort in the long run. Although in some cases, the child may wait until all permanent teeth are in, if your child requires treatment sooner, you will have gotten ahead of it. Isn’t it worth your child’s well-being and developing self-image to set them up for success?
Call us to schedule your child’s first appointment. You’ll be glad you did!