September 21, 2012
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Does my seven year old need to see the orthodontist already? Really?
In fact, yes, according to local orthodontist, Dr. Jennifer Ashmore. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all kids see the orthodontist by age seven. “There are many problems that may not be obvious just by looking at your child’s smile; some of these issues can become much more complicated to correct the longer they go undetected,” says Dr. Ashmore.
Just because kids should have their first check-up around age 7 does not mean that every child needs to begin orthodontic treatment at age 7. Early evaluations are recommended to ensure that minor issues can be addressed before they turn in to major problems. Addressing potential problems while a child’s jaw is still developing provides a greater window of opportunity for ideal treatment timing which leads to more effective treatment.
Dr. Ashmore explains: “When I see a young patient for the first time I am evaluating the bite, how much space is available for the permanent teeth, looking for jaw size discrepancies, and checking for extra teeth, missing teeth, or teeth developing in the wrong place. At these early visits, the parents gain information about the health of their child’s bite. Knowing what level of orthodontic treatment can be expected in the future helps families to plan ahead. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the child to get comfortable with our office and the idea that they may need orthodontic appliances one day.”
Local mom and Orthodontist, Jennifer Ashmore, has 2 daughters ages 8 and 10 (pictured above). Her offices are located in East Bremerton and just off the highway in Port Orchard. She offers complimentary initial exams. Pre-orthodontic guidance visits are completed at no charge for her young patients. Find more information about her practice, Mayfield & Ashmore Orthodontics, at www.KitsapSmiles.com and about orthodontic care for all ages, through the American Association of Orthodontists at www.braces.org.
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