Taking your child to their first orthodontic visit is a milestone in their journey towards optimal oral health. This visit is a proactive step that lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Not only does it provide a chance for early detection and treatment of any potential issues, but it also acquaints your child with dental healthcare in a positive, friendly environment.

Starting orthodontic visits early is a recommendation backed by various dental associations globally. But when exactly should this visit occur, and what should you expect? Let’s explore these questions further.

When to Schedule the First Visit

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic visit around the age of seven. At this age, the first permanent teeth have typically started to emerge, providing the orthodontist with the opportunity to catch potential issues early.

Even if your child’s teeth appear straight, underlying problems could exist with the jaw and bite alignment. Early detection of these issues can save you and your child significant time and potential discomfort in the future.

Schedule Your Child's First Orthodontist Visit

Preparing for the Visit

Before the visit, talk to your child about what they can expect in a way that’s engaging and non-threatening. Explain that the orthodontist is a friendly doctor for their teeth, who will help them have a beautiful smile as they grow up.

Also, prepare yourself by making a list of questions or concerns you might have. The first visit is a great opportunity for you to get all the information you need about your child’s oral health.

What Happens During the Visit

The first orthodontic visit at Ahava Orthodontics is designed to be informative and relaxed, with the primary aim to get to know your child and assess their oral health. Our orthodontist will perform a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, jaw, and oral tissues. This evaluation might include taking X-rays and photographs to get a detailed view of your child’s mouth.

Our orthodontist will also discuss with you and your child their findings, including whether or not future orthodontic treatment might be necessary, what that treatment might entail, and when it should ideally begin. They will also answer any questions you might have.

After the Visit

After the visit, it’s important to discuss the experience with your child. Encourage them to voice any concerns or questions that might have arisen. Your support and reassurance will help make future visits more comfortable for them.

If the orthodontist recommends future treatment, take the time to discuss the proposed plan with your family and the orthodontic office. Ahava Orthodontics is dedicated to working with families to ensure treatment plans are affordable and practical, and we’re always available to discuss your concerns.

Your Child’s Smile Begins Here

At Ahava Orthodontics, we believe that a beautiful smile begins with a healthy foundation. The first orthodontic visit is a significant step in building that foundation. By scheduling your child’s first visit around the age of seven, you’re helping set the stage for a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles. We look forward to becoming your trusted partner in your child’s oral health journey.