When should my child have his or her first orthodontic evaluation?
A good rule is to have your child orthodontically evaluated by the age of seven. That is because many common orthodontic conditions are easier to correct while your child is still growing. Conditions such as overbites, under bites, overcrowding, and narrow jaws are easier and less invasive to treat at a younger age when your child’s bones have not completely formed.
When we intercept common orthodontic conditions during your child’s growth cycle, it might eliminate or reduce the need for lengthy and complex treatments in the future. In fact, you can avoid costly work in the future by starting at a young age.
Additionally, this early orthodontic interception can help us to avoid common complications for orthodontics including TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction as well as severe malocclusion (misaligned teeth).
Dr. Thomas Schoen has been successfully treating childhood, teen, and adult orthodontic conditions since 1988 using a comprehensive approach to treatment that takes into account aesthetics, function, and comfort. His patients are pleased with their results and enjoy improved overall oral health because of his care.
If you have questions about orthodontics for yourself or your child, please call our office. Our supportive team looks forward to helping you and your family achieve a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile.