Your child’s growth is monitored at the pediatrician’s office. They record the height and weight of your child on a growth chart, similar to the ones below. They are then able to tell you how your child is growing.
At Smile Houzz, the pediatric dentist also monitors your child’s growth including their height, weight, and dental development. By knowing where your child is in each phase of growth, the pediatric dentist and orthodontist can time treatment based on your child’s specific growth patterns.
As your child grows there are times when they are growing at a faster pace, these growth spurts are represented on the growth diagrams as peaks. Jaw growth is very similar to overall body growth during childhood and has similar periods of rapid growth. Tracking your child’s overall growth trends can help us to predict when jaw growth is most active.
The two most common times for a dentist to refer a child for an orthodontic evaluation is 6-9 years old and at adolescence through puberty. These are the key times in a child’s growing years for orthodontic treatment.