Super smiles start young! That’s right, preventive orthodontic guidance can begin as young as seven years of age. This is the best age to ensure that your child has a healthy bite and straight teeth and to determine if braces for kids are the way to go. So, if the child you have in orthodontic treatment now has younger brothers and sisters, or if you have a child between the ages of seven and twelve, we have some great news for you!
As a preventive orthodontic office, we like to examine the children in our patients’ family by age seven. Usually no orthodontic treatment like braces for kids will be needed at this time. However, by making use of early interceptive methods and evaluations often we can prevent the need for full braces.
Often children within a family exhibit certain predictable patterns of growth in much the same way they inherit similar eye and hair color. Like other family traits, particular patterns of tooth and jaw development also “run in families.”
We frequently find that parents feel they do not need to have younger children examined by us unless their general dentist or children’s dentist makes a referral. We do not find that dentists recognize the same problems that we do, any more than we would recognize some of the problems that they look for in general dentistry. True, we are all dentists, but the specialty of orthodontics is complex and specialized.
With these facts in mind, we hope you will have all your children examined by age seven so that we can give your family the maximum dental care they deserve. In the interest of prevention, we are happy to offer all initial examinations and follow-up recall visits at no charge. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please tell our Scheduling Coordinator. She will be glad to set up a convenient appointment time for you and even if your child is not quite ready for treatment, they will be enrolled in our Super Cool Kids Club. Be on the look out for more information on this special program just for our young patients.
Here are some benefits of bringing your children to Dr. Gittess:
- A better understanding of how adult teeth will come in
- The ability of correcting any habits like thumb sucking or grinding
- Corrections of bite issues
- Lowering the damage done by teeth that may be coming in wrong
- Lowering the chance of more invasive, costly dental procedures in the future
We look forward to seeing you and having the opportunity to start your child on the road to a future full of smiles! For more info on preventive orthodontics and braces for kids, click below.