Problems to correct at age 7
Your child's adult front teeth start to come in at age 7. Cosmetic problems can wait, but some hidden problems may mean it's time to see an Orthodontist.
Your 7 year-old’s new teeth may be a little crowded or severely crowded … or somewhere in between.
And if you are like most parents, you wonder about the right age to get help.
Too early and you might be afraid of getting something unnecessary.
Too late and you worry about leaving your child in a bad situation.
So what should you look for at age 7 that might spoil your childs nice smile?
- Top teeth that bite behind bottom teeth
- Uneven number of baby teeth
- Narrow upper jaw
- Protruding front teeth
- Wierd stuff
At the end of this page, one of two things will happen.
The first is that you could decide that it’s not the right time for your child to get help. If that’s the case then we’ll look forward to seeing you in a couple years.
On the other hand, you may find out that it’s the right time for your child to get help. If it’s time, you may want to book a free consultation at Smile Logic.
Let’s jump right in!
1. Top teeth that bite behind bottom teeth
You might see a crowded top tooth that bites behind a bottom tooth.
Most parents ask us to help with that so the front tooth won’t chip.
It’s also a good idea to correct because the top tooth can push the bottom tooth outside of the bone and gums. (That’s bad!)
2. Uneven number of baby teeth
When an adult tooth comes in, it loosens the baby tooth it replaces.
The problem to look for is an adult tooth that loosens an extra baby tooth.
The most likely tooth for this to happen with is the permanent lateral incisor. When it comes in it can loosen the primary canine.
If this isn’t corrected, everything shifts over and we see the extra-crowded neighboring tooth get stuck, or worse, torpedo into the neighboring adult teeth.
That would cause the roots of the adult teeth to shorten.
In severe cases, the root of the adult teeth gets so short that the tooth falls out.
3. Narrow upper jaw
The third problem you would see that you would want to get help with is if your child’s top jaw is narrower than the bottom jaw.
Left uncorrected, this increases the risk of crowding, facial asymmetry, sensitive worn teeth, and lifelong TMJ pain.
We see better results at age 7 than any later age.
(And we can’t correct it in adults without surgery.)
4. Protruding front teeth
The last problem you might see is if the top teeth are far out ahead of the bottom teeth.
Some parents ask us to fix this problem - and the reason we would do that is if we were afraid of the front teeth fracturing during sports or rough housing.
But most of the time, this is something that can usually be corrected better as your child goes through their growth spurt.
5. Weird stuff
There are much more eloquent terms, but I call this weird stuff.
These are a set of problems that, as a parent, you probably wouldn’t be able to see without an X-ray.
When a 7-year old visits us we look for extra teeth, missing teeth, stuck teeth and other rare things like cysts and tumors.
Obviously, with those sorts of problems you would want to know about them as soon as possible.
Is age 7 the right time to visit the orthodontist?
If now is not the right time to for your child to visit us, then we should to wait to meet.
On the other hand, if you think it’s the right time for your child to get help, you’ll want to call 732-274-2211 to book a free braces consultation.
Make it a great day!
Dr. Bryon Viechnicki (like Vick-Nikki)