Orthodontics For Children
While there is no exact right age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. At this early age, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth, making it possible for the Dr. Eckels to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems in the least invasive way.
For some children, early treatment (starting before all their adult teeth are in) is used to shorten the amount of time they’ll spend in treatment during a second phase of treatment. The first phase happens while the child has a mix of baby and adult teeth and the second phase begins once they have all their adult teeth, usually with a break between the two phases. For other children, only one phase of treatment will be recommended.
When you bring your youngster in for an initial consultation, Dr. Eckels will recommend the best approach and time to start treatment. If he recommends waiting for treatment, your child will be enrolled in our growth and guidance program and will receive free exams at regular intervals until ready for treatment. It’s fun for kids and a great way for you to know your child is getting the best care available.