The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive his or her first orthodontic examination no later than age 7.

 

Early diagnosis and treatment can correct small problems before they become big problems.

TYPICAL SIGNS OF THE NEED FOR AN ORTHODONTIC EXAM
MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Finger-sucking
  • Crowded teeth
  • Jaw dysfunction
  • Sunken or protruding jaw
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Protruding upper teeth

Other signs of potential orthodontic problems may not be obvious.

Our initial exams are at no charge and are the most sensible means of ensuring proper oral health.

Early treatment refers to orthodontic treatment at an age before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. This typically at occurs between the ages of 7 and 9. We can often correct major problems with occlusion such as crossbites or severe skeletal structural issues, as well as incisor alignment, when they are causing emotional distress at this age. Early treatment can make subsequent Phase II treatment more productive and ensure better results.