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What's the Right Age?

It's recommended that children have an initial orthodontic evaluation around age 7. By the age of 7, back molars have started to erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time Dr. Todd can evaluate front to back and side to side tooth relationships. While most children won't be ready for orthodontic treatment at that age, this examination enables Dr. Todd to spot any problems and discuss treatment that may be expected in the future. There is always an optimal time to begin treatment, which ensures a great result with the least amount of time and expense.

The truth is, Dr. Todd isn't particularly concerned if your child's teeth are crooked at an early age (unless it is causing social or self esteem issues). He is concerned though that your child's teeth function correctly and that there's room for the adult teeth. Sometimes Dr. Todd may recommend early interceptive treatment. Treating some problems early can take advantage of your child's growth to address things that left unchecked could require surgery or more invasive treatment later.

Since many children don't need orthodontic treatment until later, we've created our Kingston Kids Program. As a member of Kingston Kids, your child's growth and development will be monitored until it's the best time to start treatment. These appointments will be scheduled every 6-12 months and won't cost you a thing. Plus, your child will learn great habits for dental care that will last a lifetime.