You probably already know that teenagers should see their dentist every six-twelve months. These regular visits will help to ensure your child’s dental health is in good order, and that there are no problems or warning signs.
During the teenage years, a dentist will also be keeping an eye out for malocclusions. Dental issues such as overbites, underbites and overcrowding are all things that are likely to prompt your dentist to make a referral to an orthodontist.
Though this process can be very helpful, it’s also not the only way to access orthodontic treatment for your teenager. Anyone can self-refer to an orthodontist, for themselves or for their child.
Are there any benefits to early orthodontic treatment?
When it comes to teeth realignment treatment, there are big benefits to starting early. The younger a patient is, the more easily movable their teeth and jaw bone are likely to be.
In some cases, it can even be beneficial for orthodontic treatment to begin before all the adult teeth have erupted. This is because treatment can encourage the teeth to emerge into a more favourable position.
What should you do if you have concerns about your teenager’s teeth?
If you have concerns about your child’s teeth, whether they’re a teenager or a pre-teen, the best thing you can do is take them to visit an orthodontist. You may be able to do this through your usual dentist, who will be able to refer your child for an NHS assessment appointment.
If your dentist isn’t sure about referring them early, or if you don’t want to wait until your next dental appointment, it’s possible to make an appointment directly with an orthodontist.
All Specialist Orthodontic Group practices welcome self-referrals, and you can book an appointment very easily online.