Is Your Child's 7th Birthday Around the Corner? It's Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up!

Learn why the American Board of Orthodontists recommend an orthodontic evaluation at age 7

February 16, 2023

At Sandy Smiles Orthodontics, we understand that orthodontics may not be at the top of your mind for your young child. However, did you know that the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit as early as seven years old?

By age seven, your child's mouth has developed enough for our orthodontic experts to identify any current or potential issues. This allows us to make corrections that will set your child on a path to a straighter, healthier smile for years to come.

The benefits of early orthodontic treatment are numerous, including shorter treatment times, reduced risk of impacted permanent teeth, and minimized need for tooth removal. Our team of experts at Sandy Smiles Orthodontics can help:

  • Guide teeth into optimal positions
  • Encourage proper jaw growth
  • Minimize crowding and create room for erupting teeth
  • Correct oral habits like thumb-sucking
We believe in a personalized and comprehensive approach to orthodontic care. Our two-phased approach to early orthodontic treatment is a prime example of this commitment to individualized care.

In phase 1, our goal is to create space for your child's permanent teeth and help guide jaw growth. This helps us address any potential issues and ensures that your child's permanent teeth have enough room to grow in properly. By taking this proactive approach, we can minimize crowding and prevent future orthodontic problems from developing.

Phase 2 begins once your child's permanent teeth have arrived. At this point, our orthodontic experts will assess your child's teeth and bite, and determine if additional treatment is necessary. While early treatment can simplify future treatment and reduce the time your child will need to wear braces or Invisalign, it's important to remember that every child is unique, and additional treatment may still be necessary for some.

At Sandy Smiles Orthodontics, we believe in customized treatment plans for each of our patients. No two children are the same, and we develop treatment plans based on the unique needs of each individual child.

Don't wait until your child is a teenager to invest in their dental health. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us today to learn more about how early orthodontic treatment can benefit your child. Our team of experts is eager to help your little one achieve their best smile!

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Fort Walton Beach, FL
824 Eglin Parkway NE

(850) 244-3880

DeFuniak Springs, FL
746 Baldwin Ave.

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