Bring Your Child for an Orthodontics Exam by Age 7

The best time to bring your child for an exam at Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R is before any major orthodontics issues develop. In fact, early intervention is the best way to prevent such issues from occurring.

Dr. Wohlgemuth on making orthodontics fun for the children

Plan to bring your child to see Dr. Peter Wohlgemuth or Dr. Ira Rothstein by age 7. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at this age because most kids have their first permanent molars and incisors by then, so we can evaluate them for crossbite, crowding, and other issues.

To book your child’s first orthodontic appointment at our Boca Raton, FL orthodontist office, call (561) 483-0072. Our quality orthodontics will make both you and your child smile! You can also schedule their visit at our Coral Springs, FL office.

What We Can Accomplish at a First Orthodontic Appointment

Thanks to their extensive training and years of hands-on experience, our south Florida orthodontist can identify subtle problems with your child’s jaw growth and emerging teeth and recommend a plan that can reduce both the duration and cost of future orthodontic treatment. With early intervention, we can help avoid issues like impacted teeth and crowded teeth.

Since every child has unique orthodontic problems and growth considerations, the right age to start treatment is different for everyone. We’ll help identify the right age for your child to begin treatment to attain optimal results.

Early Orthodontic Treatment Is More Effective

While your child’s jaw is still growing, we can gently expand the roof of their mouth and their upper jaw using a device called a palatal expander . This may not eliminate the need for braces later, but it can reduce the amount of time braces will need to be worn. This saves not only time but hassle and expense.

If our orthodontists determine your child would benefit from braces, we have multiple choices including newer options like Invisalign and suresmile®. Both treatments can typically be completed in less time than treatment with traditional braces. Studies have shown treatment with suresmile® is, on average, 33 percent faster than with braces.

We’re happy to see your children any time, but we recommend bringing them for their first orthodontic visit no later than age 7. If you have any questions concerning your child’s orthodontic care, call Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R at (561) 483-0072. You can also reach us through our online form

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