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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that regular orthodontic checkups for children begin before the age of 7. There are several reasons for this early evaluation that we have outlined below.

The back teeth bite is established when the permanent 6 year molars arrive. At that time, the orthodontist can thoroughly evaluate the dental relationship of the molars. The front teeth have begun erupting and problems can be detected early on such as: crowding, habits like tongue thrust, top teeth overlapping lower teeth excessively (Deep Bite), inadequate overlap (Open Bite) or upper or lower jaw size discrepancies.

For some, a timely evaluation will lead to significant treatment benefits. For others, the immediate benefit is the parents’ peace of mind.

The AAO does not advise comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7. However, early treatment may be appropriate to fix some of the problems listed above.

Anterior Crossbite
Posterior Crossbite
Ectopic Eruption
Complete Class III
Oral Habits

We recommend a thorough bite evaluation at age 7, but it is certainly not mandatory. Over the years we have treated children and adolescents of all ages. It is almost never too late to enhance your smile.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

The American Association of Orthodontists is the source of this material.

What To Expect At A New Patient Exam

Front office team members will greet you as you walk in and give you some simple paperwork to fill out. These forms are available below if you wish to fill them out in advance of your appointment.

Next, our treatment coordinator will escort you to the exam room. Medical information will be reviewed and inquire as to the reason for your visit. Dr. McKelvain will greet you and spend some time addressing your concerns. Then he will perform a very simple oral examination to evaluate teeth position, the upper and lower jaw relationship, profile, facial type and symmetry. Dr. McKelvain will also evaluate airway and habits such as tongue thrust, ect.

After the exam, the treatment coordinator will discuss with the patient and parent if patient is a minor, the treatent options such as tradional, clear, or self ligating braces and Invisalign.

The American Association of Orthodontists is the source of this material.