The First Orthodontic Visit

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When should children get their first orthodontic check-up?

first visitThe AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age seven. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing.

The purpose of this first visit is to establish a baseline and to determine if early intervention is needed. We also note any particular areas of concern that we will recommend putting a “watch” on.

At your child’s first orthodontic visit it may be necessary to take some pictures. These digital radiographs will show our team how the teeth are positioned and whether there are teeth that haven’t yet come in.

At Nakisher Orthodontics, we usually won’t put braces on until most of the adult teeth are in. However, some early treatment may be necessary. For example, if the upper jaw is too narrow or requires more space for teeth to properly align, a palatal expander may be used. This appliance widens the upper jaw with gentle pressure over a period of time.

Putting off a check-up with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. A check-up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

There is no charge for this first visit and no referral letter is required. If no treatment is indicated at this initial consultation, we will schedule periodic follow-ups to monitor your child. As your child grows, we will make appropriate recommendations at that time.

Bringing a young child to the orthodontist for the first time shouldn’t be frightening in any way. Our friendly staff is warm and attentive to each patient. The office is family friendly and parents are invited to stay with their child from during the initial appointment.

At Nakisher Orthodontics, we treat each patient like a member of our family. From our front desk staff to our orthodontic assistants, we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable, accommodating and professional at every step along the way. We use appropriate technology that allows us to customize your treatment plan resulting in an efficient and effective process.

Our goal is to earn your trust from the first phone call to the last visit. We use the Damon System and we are a Premier Invisalign Provider.

Our office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays. Feel free to contact us anytime.


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