Ages 7-12

Early Orthodontic Exams May Intercept Problems

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist between the ages of seven and 12. An early examination by an orthodontist could stop a developing problem from getting worse and could even eliminate the need for braces altogether.

Simple expanders or retainers can eliminate crossbites, protrusive teeth, and crowding. By merely removing primary teeth early, much needed space can be provided for erupting permanent teeth, allowing them to straighten on their own without braces. Dr. Woehst encourages you to call and make an appointment for your childā€™s early exam.

Orthodontics can straighten teeth and improve smiles at any age, but there is usually an ideal age for treatment to begin. An early complimentary exam can help intercept a problem and ensure the best, most stable results for your child, possibly saving hundreds of dollars on braces later.

Early treatment achieves results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. When you have good, functional, easy-to-clean, straight teeth and the self-confidence to smile when you go to that firstĀ college or job interview, you know the benefits of early treatment can last a lifetime.

Before After Early Extractions (No Braces)