The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by seven-years-old. This may seem extremely young but usually it’s just an observational period where Dr. Ibrahim keeps an eye on your child’s development. However, if problems are detected, treating them early while your little one’s still growing ensures the most stable, dramatic results and the least amount of time and expense. Don’t worry. Our offices are kid-friendly with a welcoming, fun, engaging atmosphere. Our team will make your child (and you!) feel safe, at ease and confident in the process.
Why Age Seven?
By seven-years-old, most kids have their first adult molars and these molars establish the back of the bite and proper alignment of the teeth. This provides the framework for Dr. Ibrahim to evaluate their dental condition and the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Many times, orthodontic intervention won’t be needed and we’ll carefully monitor your child to anticipate the best time to begin treatment.
The Benefits of Interceptive Treatment
In some instances, early evaluation ensures the timely detection of any orthodontic issues, including crowding, overbites, underbites, gummy smiles, open bites and cross bites. Dr. Ibrahim is a proponent of interceptive orthodontics, when necessary, because stepping in while a child is developing ensures she can guide the growth of their jaws and encourage the permanent teeth to erupt properly, preventing more serious problems later.
What if My Child Needs Early Treatment?
At your consultation, Dr. Ibrahim will walk you through her findings and help you decide on the best course of action. Whether it’s with our advanced, state-of-the-art braces, Invisalign Teen (we’re able to use Invisalign for younger patients ages seven through 10, not just teenagers) or an appliance like an expander, we can achieve results quickly and comfortably while making sure your child has fun!
Our goal is to finish interceptive treatment within a 12-month period.
Children should have an orthodontic evaluation by seven-years-old.
About 10-15% of kids could benefit from early orthodontic treatment.