Treatment for Children

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
The best time to evaluate children for treatment is by their seventh birthday. 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. At this early age, vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention can prevent serious problems later. We 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. At this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Timely screening increases the chances for an amazing smile.

What are the benefits of early treatment?

  • Improve the child's personal appearance and self-esteem
  • 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
  • Guiding incoming permanent teeth into more desirable positions

Is it too late to start when my child is already in their teens?
Absolutely not! Anyone, any age can benefit from orthodontics if needed. Different methods and techniques may be suggested for teenagers to better suit their lifestyle.