Many parents may notice their child has some problems with their teeth by the age of 6-10, yet they don’t know how to deal with them. While some parents don’t even know their children have any problems with their teeth. They don’t know when their child should go to see their orthodontist. As orthodontists, we are trained to see issues that may need early treatment to address a developing problem which can greatly reduce the complications of the case when the child grows up. As recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and Hong Kong Society of Orthodontics HKSO, a child should get their first check-up with an orthodontist at or before the age of 7, or the first recognition of an orthodontic problem.
The common issues which we may encounter are underbite, narrow arch, overjet or crowding etc. For instance, if a child’s upper jaw is too narrow, the permanent teeth do not have room to come in. Early treatment involved arch expansion, alignment of teeth. Depending on the needs of every child, we aim to design a treatment plan and provide him/her with quality treatment.