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Is My Child Too Young to See an Orthodontist?

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Many parents choose to seek orthodontic care for their children regardless of a dentist’s referral because of the aesthetic and health benefits of a healthy smile.  Taking your child to the orthodontist too late can cause excessive treatment time and even lead to (otherwise avoidable) jaw surgery.  By seeing an orthodontist at the right time, parents can help to keep treatment times shorter and even save money on the total orthodontic investment.Both the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age seven.  Fortunately, some orthodontic practices (our included) offer all initial consultations for no charge.  Additionally, our doctors will follow all young patients at no cost until they are ready for treatment.  This is a great benefit for our young patients because we will see them for appointments, free of charge, even if they never pursue orthodontic care.   It is truly a riskless process.Often, young patients do not need any orthodontic care for several years.  Only rarely do orthodontists recommend treatment for patients as young as seven.  But, if treatment is needed, often the young patients can avoid surgery and correct significant problems before they become worse.   If any treatment is needed, some orthodontists will discount further treatment as a benefit for the parents.If you have any questions or would like to setup an initial consultation with one of our amazing orthodontists, please call us.  We are ready and willing to serve you and your family.