The AAO recommends that children come in for their first orthodontic screening at age 7 so that our orthodontists can see if they need early treatment or can afford to wait a few years. During the examination, we will diagnose the state of your child’s oral development from their jaw to their erupting teeth. We will also take digital X-rays and discuss what your child’s oral habits are like and how they may need to be improved. We will be able to detect any subtle problems that may hinder proper development, which could lead to future dental problems.
Early orthodontic treatment is usually reserved for children with musculature or skeletal deformities, as well as a misaligned bite. We can guide the growth of your child’s jaw and permanent teeth with specific orthodontic treatments to minimize the risk of damage and prevent more serious dental treatment (like corrective surgery) in the future. We will always strive to promote a relaxing environment for your child so that they associate a dental or orthodontic visit with positivity.
If your child can afford to wait a few more years to receive orthodontic treatment, you can also become a part of our Recall Club, where we will monitor your child’s oral development every year to determine the best time for treatment to begin. These visits are of no cost to you. We invite you to come see us at Children & Family Dentistry & Braces and contact us for your child’s initial orthodontic screening.