Every patient is unique, and there is no best time to explore orthodontic treatment. Intervening early, however, can help to prevent more serious issues. If you see issues emerging, a good time to schedule your first visit is around age 7. An important factor is how many baby teeth your child still has. Most children have lost all of them by age 12, and our younger patients wear braces between the ages of 12 and 15.
OPTIONS FOR EVERY SMILE
Many of our younger patients love metal braces for the variety of colorful elastics offered. We have clear braces for those wanting something less noticeable, and for some, Invisalign® clear aligners is the perfect option.
FUN & POSITIVE
We have a friendly team, and bright, colorful offices. With video games, in-office contests, and a Kid’s Club, many of our patients look forward to their visits!
Most children begin to see their first permanent molars at around age 7. As orthodontists, we’re trained to spot subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Intercepting issues early can prevent the need for more aggressive steps like surgery or extractions down the road. In the majority of cases, we can monitor a child’s teeth and bite and let you know when it’s the right time to start treatment. It’s for these reasons that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7 for a child’s first evaluation.
TAKE THE GRAND TOUR
Our friendly team will greet you, collect all of the information that we need, and then show you around the office.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK!
A team member will take diagnostic records, including digital photos, and digital low-dose x-rays with our i-CATTM imaging system. This lets our doctors see every aspect of your child’s dental and facial anatomy while using the least amount of x-ray exposure.
TIME FOR THE EXAM!
Your doctor will perform a thorough exam to assess your child’s teeth, bite, and facial structure. We’ll talk about oral habits like losing baby teeth, and answer any questions you may have.
TIME FOR A PLAN!
In most cases, kids won’t need treatment right away. We’ll use the x-rays and images to explain to you and your child any issues that might be emerging. If we determine that a Phase 1 treatment is advisable, we’ll design a personalized treatment program and answer your questions. If immediate action is not recommended, we’ll see you at your next complimentary check-up in about a year.