Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This not only saves you and your child time, but also money.
Why age 7?
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.
Potential problems to address:
It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at the time or even at all. However, if treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.
Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include:
removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth
preserve space for un-erupted teeth
create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth
reduce the possibility of tooth extraction
reduce overall treatment time in braces
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.