The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. By having your child evaluated at this young age, we can advise you about any orthodontic issues that might be on the horizon.
In some cases, we will recommend early, interceptive treatment. With early treatment we can take the least invasive approach to everything from making room for adult teeth to advancing and/or expanding your child’s jaw. Addressing these issues while they’re bones are growing gives us the ability to address things that, left unchecked, could require surgery and more invasive approaches in the future.
But many children don’t need early treatment. That’s why we’ve created our Growth & Guidance program. If your child is in our growth and observation program, that means they aren’t yet ready for treatment but we’re monitoring their growth until they’re ready. Their growth and observation appointments will be scheduled every 6 to 12 months and won’t cost you a thing. Plus, they will learn great habits that will help them maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout their life.