Early Treatment

Q: At which age should your child have his or her first orthodontic exam?
A: Age 7!

When your child is this young, their orthodontic condition might be the least of your worries. Contrary to popular belief, bringing your child in for an initial exam at age 7, can save you money, and more importantly, early examination and early detection can save your child from severe, necessary treatments in the near future. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child have their first orthodontic consultation at age 7.

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Early Detection

As permanent teeth are erupting and settling into place, Dr. Cardall can identify emerging conditions that will become problematic in the near future. During the orthodontic examination, he is able to detect bite issues (such as underbites, overbites, open bites or cross bites) that will inevitably progress as permanent teeth stabilize. Bite conditions are often a result of genetics, but can also be a result of common habits such as thumb-sucking. We offer orthodontic treatment to correct the jaw alignment and structure which the child has inherited, as well as reverse damage caused by thumb-sucking or other habits.

With early detection, we can also detect:

  • Airway conditions that can cause dangerous disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea
  • Speech disorders that could require therapy if left untreated
  • Insufficient room in the mouth that will lead to crowded teeth
  • Poor eruption pathways leading to future tooth impaction
  • Extra or missing teeth that are often missed by traditional x-rays with the child’s dentist

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Exceptional care

At Cardall Orthodontics, we understand the gentle care that your child’s teeth require. We won’t suggest a treatment if it isn’t necessary. We believe in catching the conditions early before they become problematic or painful to ensure healthy teeth and optimal dental health.

Schedule your free consultation and child’s first orthodontist exam with Dr. Cardall today to assess your child’s oral condition and to assure a healthy and straight orthodontic alignment is developing.

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