All kids should get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age seven.
To have a healthy smile that's good for life®, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a checkup with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age seven. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Putting off a checkup with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be harmful. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they're found early. A checkup no later than age seven gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
© 2015 American Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Da Silveira believes that there is an optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment, and to take advantage of that timing it's important that children have their initial evaluation around age seven as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. For most children, there is not a need for treatment at this age, but it helps establish a baseline to monitor the child's growth and development. For young patients that Dr. Da Silveira feels are not ready to begin treatment, we offer them the opportunity to join our 7&Up Bee Club.
Welcome to the Club
The 7&Up Bee Club is designed for our patients who are not ready for orthodontic treatment yet. At your first appointment with us you will receive a t-shirt and a membership card. At each appointment you’ll have a chance to play our “Spin and Win” prize wheel to win an awesome prize. 7&Up Bee Club Members will also be able to participate in fun contests throughout the year and will be invited to our annual patient appreciation party. This encourages our young friends to have fun while waiting their turn to get their Bee Happy Smiles!
7&Up Bee Club Benefits
As a courtesy to our patients, we will call you every six to 12 months to schedule a complimentary evaluation to check for the following:
- Baby teeth are falling out when they should and that the permanent teeth have available space to come in.
- If any problems should be addressed such as crowding, correction of harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking or finger sucking, or bad bites that are developing that can influence the jaws to grow unfavorably. (click before and after)
- Identification of any dental or jaw growth problems which would benefit from early treatment before they get too complicated. (click before and after)
- How appearance can be improved by creating a more pleasing arrangement of the teeth, lips and face. (click before and after)
When Dr. Da Silveira determines that orthodontic problems are significant enough to require treatment, she will develop a plan especially for your child. In doing so, length of treatment, discomfort, and treatment costs can be reduced.
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