Drs. Crane and Seager, and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child receive his or her first orthodontic examination no later than age 7. Early diagnosis and treatment can correct small problems before they become major issues.
Typical signs of the need for an orthodontic exam may include, but are not limited to, the early or late loss of teeth, difficulty in chewing, mouth-breathing, finger sucking, crowded teeth, jaw dysfunction, a sunken or protruding jaw, or misaligned teeth. All signs of potential orthodontic problems may not be obvious. Our initial exams are at no-charge and are the most sensible means to assure proper health.
In many cases, early diagnosis and treatment can help to avoid more extensive treatment in the future years after the jaw and face have developed. Multi-phase, early receptive treatment is not always necessary but will be recommended when early treatment can benefit your child.