Choosing the perfect orthodontist for your child

Posted on: 27 July 2018


Every parent wants the very best for their child. If you've been advised that your child needs to see an orthodontist, you'll want to find a professional who understands teeth and children. So how do you choose the perfect orthodontist for your child? Read on to find out.

Why does your child need to see an orthodontist?

Children are referred to orthodontists for several reasons related to their developing teeth and jaws. Some of the most common reasons to seek the help of an orthodontist are:

  • Overcrowding and undercrowding.

  • Poor development of the jaw.

  • Removing baby teeth to make way for permanent teeth.

  • Snoring.

How to spot a great children's orthodontist

Finding the perfect orthodontist for your child involves assessing three key factors.

First, great children's orthodontists have patience.

Children's orthodontists understand the stages of oral development your child will go through and the importance teeth play in supporting children to eat, communicate well and develop emotionally. With a professional understanding of these issues, a children's orthodontist will assess the state of your child's dental health and choose the best way to respond for your particular child. While some dental conditions will require your orthodontist to respond quickly, for example by removing excess teeth to allow a healthy bite to develop, a good children's orthodontist will also know when it's time to wait, such as allowing time for all of a child's permanent teeth to emerge before beginning treatment to correct a crooked bite.

Second, good children's orthodontists understand children.

Orthodontists that specialise in working with children understand that kids are not merely small adults. Your child might find a visit to the orthodontist terrifying or simply too boring for words. A great children's orthodontist will understand this. They will take the time to understand your child's experience of orthodontistry and will work with them to build a relationship, making them as comfortable as possible during every visit.

Finally, excellent children's orthodontists understand parents.

You'll know when you've found a truly great children's orthodontist because they'll keep you informed, always. A good children's orthodontist will explain all of your treatment options and their pros, cons and costs, and they will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision for your child.

So take a little time to find the perfect children's orthodontist. Who knows, with a truly great orthodontist on board, your child might just be inspired to become an orthodontist themselves one day.