Monday, November 21, 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.

If you are considering Phase I treatment for your child, consider looking for an orthodontist in your area who participates with your insurance plan and provides convenient hours. Most orthodontists offer complimentary consultations.

Please feel free to respond with any questions or requests for any future information.

Dr. Neal Kravitz
Neibauer Dental Care Orthodontics - White Plains, VA
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