What's the Right Age

While it's never too late for orthodontic treatment, we recommend that parents have their children examined by Dr. Parker for the first time between the ages of 7 and 9. Having an evaluation while the child is still growing by leaps and bounds enables Dr. Parker to address any immediate issues, as well as plan for orthodontic care at a future date when it can be most efficient and cost effective. 

Dr. Parker will examine a child to see how the teeth fit together and check for crossbites that can affect facial symetry and teeth that protrude so much they're at a risk for fracture. He'll also evaluate whether there is enough room for teeth to come in and if creating space now or later is appropriate.

If the teeth are simply crooked at an age when there are still many baby teeth left, Dr. Parker may recommend waiting for treatment, unless the appearance of the teeth are causing social problems. Please advise us of any social or self-esteem issues related to your child's appearance so that Dr. Parker can consider them during his examination.  Some early treatment may be appropriate to address the underlying cause.

If Dr. Parker recommends waiting for treatment, the child will become part of our growth and development program and be checked approximately every 6-12 months. These visits are complimentary, so that parents can get all the information they need, and any treatment can be planned for a time to produce optimal results.