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Early Treatment

Why Your Child Should Get An Orthodontic Check-up No Later Than Age 7:

• Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some

baby teeth are still present.

• While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an

orthodontist can detect.

• The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a

developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and

then if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases,

the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

• Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make

treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

• In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible

once the face and jaws have finished growing.

 

Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:

• guide jaw growth

• lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

• correct harmful oral habits

• improve appearance

• guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

• improve the way lips meet

 

Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity

for a healthy, beautiful smile.  Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the

orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most

appropriate time.