Girl_2.jpgEarly Check-ups / Pre-Orthodontic Observation Appointments

The American Dental Association recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic issue, but no later than the age of 7. This is not necessarily to start treatment, but to evaluate the need for intervention.  During the initial consultation, our orthodontists will screen for:

  • narrow upper jaw
  • misaligned upper and lower jaw
  • inadequate room for permanent teeth to erupt
  • finger/thumb habits
  • extra or missing teeth
  • hygiene concerns due to tooth position

If we do not find any indications for early orthodontic intervention, your child will qualify for our Pre-Orthodontic Observation/Recall Program.  We will carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. Please don’t wait until all the baby teeth are lost!  We feel very strongly about the necessity of following dental development and have found quite often, if orthodontic treatment is started at the appropriate time, treatment costs and the length of treatment can be reduced.

Dr. Trimmell, Dr. Anders, Dr. Snider, or Dr. White will re-examine your child’s mouth on a periodic basis and explain the recommendations along with the future possibilities in treatment. These visits are a courtesy to our patients and are done at no charge. Any necessary photos or X-rays needed in our office or future check-up visits are also done as a courtesy service to you and are not billed to your insurance.

We are one of the few orthodontic practices in this area who handle Pre-Orthodontic Observation at this comprehensive level.

We will continue to observe at periodic intervals to make sure baby teeth are falling out when they should, the permanent teeth have the available room to grow in, and that any bite-related problems are not worsening. Our goal is to stay ahead of any developing dental problems and watch growth so we can intercept any dental or jaw growth problems before they become too complicated. In addition, we will communicate with your general dentist about your child’s future dental needs.

At the point when our orthodontist sees the orthodontic concerns are significant enough to start treatment, an exam will be scheduled to determine a treatment plan and review the details with you.

Pre-Orthodontic Observation Program Benefits

  • Enables us to monitor a child’s development with periodic check-ups at no charge.
  • Intercepts any skeletal and dental abnormalities at an early age with limited measures to guide facial growth, tooth eruptions, and tooth positions.
  • Minimizes more extensive and lengthy treatment at a later age.
  • Achieves results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.
  • Enables us to support the patient’s general dental care with a team approach.