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When is it Time for an Orthodontic Evaluation?
Our orthodontist follows the recommendation set by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). We encourage all of our DPD Rockstars to receive their first orthodontic checkup by age 7.
The AAO believes age 7 is the optimal time for an orthodontic evaluation because that is when most children have enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to make an accurate assessment of the teeth and jaw.
You can expect one of three outcomes from your child's early orthodontic evaluation at DPD Smiles:
- Your child’s teeth and jaw look healthy and aligned, so no treatment is expected to become necessary
- The orthodontist notices signs of potential misalignment, so periodic check-ups are needed to monitor the face and jaw over time
- A problem exists that should receive orthodontic treatment immediately
If your child’s orthodontic evaluation reveals that immediate treatment is needed, don’t worry. Our DPD Smiles’ orthodontic expert uses cutting-edge techniques and technologies to keep your child safe and comfortable through every procedure.
Why Early Orthodontic Treatment is Essential
The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to eliminate the cause of a developing problem. This makes it possible to guide the growth of facial and jaw bones without the threat of orthodontic complications. Early orthodontic treatment also makes more room for incoming permanent teeth.
Our Wheaton orthodontist may recommend early treatment for the following problems, even if your child still has some baby teeth remaining:
- Excessively spaced teeth
- Extra or missing teeth
- An abnormal bite
- Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier-sucking that is harming teeth or jaw growth
Early orthodontic treatment for these issues can take many different forms, from a removable retainer or spacers to teeth extraction. Regardless of the method, it’s always our goal to correct orthodontic problems as early and efficiently as possible.
Schedule with our Wheaton Orthodontic Office
Call our orthodontic office today to learn more about our children’s orthodontic services and schedule a consultation for your child or teenager. We use techniques like no-mess impressions and 3D imaging to make the orthodontic experience as pleasant as possible, and we even provide in-office financing with 90-days interest free!