New Patients

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

The back teeth bite is established when the permanent six-year molars arrive. At that time, the orthodontist can thoroughly evaluate the dental relationship of the molars. By that time, the front teeth have also begun erupting and problems can be detected early on. These can include habits like tongue thrust or issues like crowding, 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.

Early treatment may be necessary to fix some of the problems listed below.

Crowding Teeth

Posterior Cross Bite

Oral Habits


Anterior Cross Bite


Complete Class 3

Ectopic Eruption

Cross Bite

We recommend a thorough bite evaluation at age seven, 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

Our 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 inquiries made 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 the position of the teeth, the upper and lower jaw relationship, profile, facial type, and symmetry. Dr. McKelvain will also evaluate the airway and habits such as tongue thrust, etc.

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

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


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