Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that every 7-year-old have an orthodontic consultation. By starting treatment early, Dr. Prentice is able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This not only saves you and your child time, but also money.
Early orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.
During your child’s initial evaluation we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at the time or even at all. However, if treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.
If your child isn’t ready for any type of treatment just yet, the will become a member of our 7 & Up Club. This fun and interactive kids club is a great way for your child to learn more about having a healthy smile and get them excited for orthodontic treatment!