Evaluate at 7 years old? "An early orthodontic screening assures that your child's smile will be healthy and look it's best. Just as your child's first visit to the Dentist should occur by age two, the best time for a first visit to the orthodontist is by age seven. At your initial exam, Dr. Wesley will examine the mouth for problems, determine how and when a child's particular problem should be treated for maximum improvement and give you a full explanation of the situation." Back to Top
Should I seek earlier treatment? "Be sure to seek treatment earlier than age seven if your child has: difficulty chewing, open-mouth breathing, thumb or finger sucking, overlapping or crowding of erupting permanent teeth, jaws that click or pop, biting of the cheek, speech problems, grinding or wearing down of teeth and obvious abnormal bite development of any kind." Back to Top
For those patients who have clear indications for early intervention, early treatment presents the opportunity to:
Influence jaw growth in a positive manner.
Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth.
Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
Improve eruption patterns.
Improve some speech problems.
Improve aesthetics and self esteem.
Wesley Orthodontics, PLLC Specialists in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics