Starting early pays off
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids see an orthodontist at age 7, and we agree. Some oral development issues can be fixed more easily and for less expense if discovered early. That means a win for you and your child.
What is early orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment generally occurs between the ages of 7 and 10, before a child has all of their adult teeth. It can help fix everything from improper jaw growth and bite alignment to protruding front teeth.
Treatment can consist of an appliance, a partial set of braces, or even Invisalign First, which is designed specifically for kids this age.
What if my child doesn’t need treatment early?
At Fravel Brewer Orthodontics, we offer free screenings for kids every six months starting at age 7. Even if your child doesn’t need early treatment, which is quite common, these appointments allow us to follow their oral development, which can help us create a treatment plan later if needed.
Bringing your child at an earlier age can also make them more comfortable if or when they need treatment later by introducing them to our amazing staff and allowing them to become familiar with our office.
Kids who don't need treatment right away are enrolled in our Future Smile Club. As a club member, they receive a t-shirt, spin the prize wheel at each appointment, and can enter contests for Future Smile Club patients only!
Two-phase treatment in orthodontics
Early orthodontics is the first part of two-phase treatment. Once a child has completed phase I, and the majority of their adult teeth have erupted, the second phase begins. Phase II uses braces or Invisalign Teen to straighten the teeth and fix any remaining jaw or bite problems.
Completing orthodontic treatment in two steps allows us to address issues when they are easiest to correct, often making your child’s time in treatment shorter.
If your child is age seven or older, schedule a free exam at Fravel Brewer Orthodontics to ensure they will enjoy a straighter, healthier smile for years to come.