Dear Dr Bobby, I’ve been told I should take my eight-year-old to the orthodontist, but I can’t see a reason why, because she’s obviously too young for braces.
You should definitely listen! A kid’s mouth is like a swan – calm on the surface, but chaos underneath. There is so much activity during the six to eight year transition from the baby teeth to the adult teeth. Unless you know what to look for, you will be blissfully unaware that problems may be developing.
A Specialist Orthodontist is trained to detect problems early, and we can often take small steps to prevent big problems when your child becomes a teenager.