Adolescent Dentist

Children’s Treatments

Initial Checkup

Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by age 7, for the following reasons:

  • By starting this early, we are able to correct potential problems before they become more serious
  • 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 issues at their earliest stage
  • Early treatment can reduce the time spent in braces later

It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at this early age, or even at all. If it is not yet appropriate to begin treatment, we will continue to screen your child as he/she develops to determine the right timing of treatment. If early treatment is needed, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child’s specific needs and ensure that his/her treatment enables healthy growth and development while the adult teeth are coming in.

Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that:

  • Provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Preserve space for unerupted 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. You may also schedule an appointment using our online form.