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Children Ages 7-12

We invite you to bring your child in for a FREE consultation. During this important consultation, we will evaluate your child’s teeth and mouth and determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary. It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at the time or even at all.

What is an early orthodontic evaluation?

You and your child meet the doctor, the doctor evaluates your child's current condition with an exam and x-rays. Treatment may begin, or your child may be scheduled for future observation to determine the optimal time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluations and what is the best time to begin?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Johnson recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7. The benefits of beginning treatment at this time include reduction in amount of time in treatment as well as in costs.

At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible, functional smile.

Although it's ideal to begin evaluations at age 7, it is never too late to begin the process of orthodontic treatment.

What are the advantages of early treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the look of your child's smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.

How Do We Make Your Child's Treatment Fun?

  • Motivational Rewards Program – check out our fun prizes!
  • Band Color Chooser – show your individuality by choosing different colored elastics!
  • Contests and Drawings – there’s always a fun contest going on in our office!
  • Patient Appreciation Days – we love showing our patients how much we appreciate them!