Posted on June 8, 2015 by Mark S. Frey in the category Orthodontics.
Parents often ask me at what age should their child be evaluated for braces. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have an orthodontic check-up no later than 7 years of age. By this age children’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems can be spotted with jaw growth and emerging adult teeth.
Seeing kids by age 7 allows us to help with the following:
- Guide jaw growth hopefully preventing the need to pull teeth to make room
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits like thumb-sucking
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
If you have any questions, or wish to schedule a pre-orthodontic screening at no charge, please call our office at (707) 545-4125. We also work with several orthodontic offices in Sonoma County who also perform pre-orthodontic screenings at no charge.
Wishing you and your children many happy and positive smiles!
Dr. Mark Frey