The best time to start treatment depends on the severity of your child’s orthodontic problem. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first visit to the orthodontist should be around age 7. The purpose of an examination at this age is to identify possible developing problems and determine if future treatment is really necessary.
In growing children it is sometimes best to treat the problem in two phases. Treatment provided early may sometimes achieve results not possible once the face and jaw have finished growing.
In order to create the most successful smile and bite, there are certain problematic growth patterns that should be treated. Crowding, overbite, and thumb or finger sucking habits are signs for treatment.
Our office uses the latest technology in functional appliances. This technology will allow the patient's treatment time to be shorter and office visits to be less frequent. Take a look at the expanders and Herbst appliances we use in our office.
Herbst Before and After (slide for before and after)
Expander Before and After (slide for before and after)