Early Treatment

When should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated by an orthodontist at the first sign of potential issues or by age 7.   An orthodontic consultation does not require a referral from the dentist.

Why age 7?

By the age of 7, most children have begun to get their permanent teeth and growth patterns can be identified. Early examination and interceptive treatment can address and prevent a range of tooth and jaw problems. If left untreated, these may cause bigger issues for your child as he or she grows.

What will early intervention address?

  • Crossbites – which cause unfavorable growth, tooth wear and recession
  • Severe jaw growth discrepancies
  • Protruding front teeth – which have increased risk of trauma
  • Premature tooth loss – which cause blocked teeth
  • Blocked or impacted teeth

Pre-Treatment Growth Monitoring Checks

After your initial consultation, we schedule pre-treatment checks at 6, 9 and 12-month intervals. We conduct these on a complimentary basis so that we may continue evaluating your child’s specific needs and monitor their growth for treatment.