We offer an excellent early treatment program for monitoring growth and development of the jaws as well as guidance of eruption of the permanent teeth; our recommendation for a patient’s first visit is age 7. Although treatment recommendation is rare at this young age, parents will appreciate the preventive value of these complementary orthodontic appointments.
During an orthodontic first visit, Dr. Bernice will do a thorough examination, possibly including an x-ray called a panorex, followed by a discussion of treatment recommendations. As mentioned above, sometimes the best treatment is simply allowing growth, development and eruption to occur naturally. One of the greatest values of these early appointments is to prevent impaction of permanent teeth, saving the patient (and parent) difficult and costly treatment in the future.