Early Treatment in Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that, ideally, children receive an orthodontic examination by age 7. “An orthodontic screening can ease a parent’s mind, because more often than not, our recommendation is ‘let’s wait and see’,” observed Dr. Michael D. Rennert, as AAO President. “But when immediate treatment is needed we can begin correcting abnormalities that are best treated while the face is still growing. If we can get a head start, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct earlier, rather than later in life.”
Why Screen by Age 7?
- Influence of jaw growth in a positive manner
- Harmonize width of dental arches
- Improve eruption patterns
- Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve aesthetics and self-esteem
- Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
- Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Improve some speech problems
- Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
- Best of all, it’s a complimentary service provided to your family!
If you have children at home who have already reached age 7, please make an appointment with our Scheduling Coordinator for a complimentary exam. Although the majority of children do not require treatment at this age, an exam will allow Dr. Kalange to evaluate developing problems and to monitor the growth of the child. Once a child is enrolled in our “Jumpstart Program,” Dr. Kalange will continue to evaluate the child on a periodic basis at absolutely no charge, so that orthodontic treatment can begin when the time is right for their individual needs.
Click here to download the Jumpstart Guidance Program Enrollment Form (PDF)