Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Evaluation: No Later Than Age 7

Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should have an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), recommends a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age 7. At our office, we typically tell our parents: Third Grade. At this time, the incisors and molars are erupting and the orthodontist can evaluate your child's occlusion.

Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to: 1) guide proper jaw growth, (2) lower the risk of trauma to protruded teeth, (3) correct harmful habits or crossbite, (4) improve appearance, self-esteem, and speech, (5) eliminate crowding and avoid extractions. In essence, Phase I treatment lays down the proper foundation.
Please feel free to respond with any questions or requests for any future information.

Respectfully yours,
Dr. Miller