The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age 7.
Why age 7? By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and the jaws, which in turn can provide a wealth of information. AAO orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems even in young children. We provide an initial consultation at no cost and no referral is needed.
There are generally three outcomes of an initial check-up:
No treatment is expected to be necessary.
There is a problem that lends itself to early treatment.
Treatment may be needed in the future, so the child will be scheduled for recall appointments and followed periodically, while the face and jaws continue to grow. This is called growth and development checks.
WHAT ARE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT CHECKS?
Growth and Development checks are periodic recall appointments sheduled by your orthodontist to allow the them to monitor tooth eruption or face and jaw growth. This allows the orthodontist to spot problems along the way that may develop as new permanent teeth erupt and your child grows.
These easy appointments are scheduled every 3-6 months and allow your child to get familiar with the orthodontic office. During the appointment your child will have a complete orthodontic exam and a yearly panoramic xray if needed.
COMPLIMENTARY GROWTH AND DEVEOPMENT CHECKS
At Morejon + Andrews Orthodontics, growth and development checks are offered at no cost to your child and are a great way to make sure you are doing everything possible to give your child a healthy bite and beautiful smile.