I’m often asked, “when does my child need to see an orthodontist?” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends being evaluated at 7 years old, and most likely you are wondering why, since the child still has so many baby teeth. Seeing an orthodontist at 7 does not mean your child will need braces in second grade or even in the future. An early evaluation is a great benefit to both you and your child. At your child’s initial evaluation, we will be able to see if your child has missing teeth, teeth not erupting properly, too little or too much space for the permanent teeth, or problems with the way the teeth fit together.

For the vast majority of children, no treatment is indicated at this age and our doctors will let you know if treatment will be needed in the future. Then your child will be seen briefly every six months to monitor the eruption and development of his/her teeth. These are complimentary appointments and a great opportunity for you to get all of your dental questions answered. And did I mention we have free ice cream?

Make your evaluation appointment today!  We can’t wait to see you!