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When should my child see an orthodontist?

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child visit an orthodontist for an initial consultation at the age of seven.

By seven, your child’s teeth are beginning to erupt. An evaluation will allow us to determine whether your child’s jaws fit together properly and whether there will be adequate space for permanent teeth. It is best your child see an orthodontist while they are still growing. Because your child’s bones are still forming and solidifying, we can guide and redirect the growth of the jaw. This reduces the risk of jaw surgery or tooth extractions later in life. This is known as the interceptive phase of treatment, or Phase I.

Interceptive treatment also greatly reduces your child might spend in braces.

An example of interceptive treatment correcting a major jaw problem is shown here. Dr. Shaw was able to correct Mackenzie’s jaw and prevent her from wearing down her teeth and enamel. It also prevented her from major jaw surgery if she was to wait until she was done growing.

However you don’t have to worry! Just because you bring your child in for a complimentary consultation, it does not mean he or she will be in braces. If your child is not ready for treatment, we place them in our Growth Observation Program.

We are committed to making sure no problem goes undiagnosed and promise to begin treatment at the ideal time so these visits are completely free of charge. Our goal is to provide your child with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. We will never treat your child with any unnecessary appliances or braces.

Interceptive treatment will ultimately reduce your child’s time in braces in the future and prevent severe problems from developing or continuing to develop.

Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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