Early Treatment Orthodontic Exams

June 18, 2019

Orthodontic treatment does not have to be stressful. At your first visit with the orthodontist, you will meet the staff and tour the office.

After being escorted to the exam room, the orthodontist will use large lights and a tiny handheld mirror to exam your child’s teeth and gums. The orthodontist will also check the positions of the upper and lower jaws and how they fit together.

Meanwhile, the orthodontist will answer and questions you have and address any concerns about your child’s teeth. Dr. Sheri Salartash will discuss whether your child needs treatment, which type they would recommend and when treatment should begin.

You will be allowed to remain with your child during the exam and your child should not experience any discomfort.

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When Should a Child Have Their First Orthodontic Exam?

According to the AAO, children should visit the orthodontist by age seven. At this point, the orthodontist can recognize and problems and begin early treatment.

However, if you have concerns about your child, you can visit the orthodontist sooner.

Importance of Early Treatment Orthodontic Exam

Early exams allow the dentist to identify problems and begin orthodontic treatment.

This allows the orthodontist to achieve results that would not be possible after the face and jaws finish developing. Therefore, it is so important to have early exams.

What If Orthodontic Issues Are Found?

Your orthodontist will discuss their findings with you and choose the most effective treatment.

You will also discuss how much the treatment will cost, what your insurance will cover, what your financing options are, as well as how long the treatment will take.

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Sometimes early treatment is extremely beneficial but other times, the patient will achieve better results from later treatment. Furthermore, your orthodontist may choose a “wait and see” approach.

This involves periodically assessing the child’s growth and development to pinpoint the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Special Needs Children

Pediatric orthodontists are specially trained to care for children with special needs. When you schedule your first appointment, inform them of your child’s needs so that they can be prepared for your visit.

This will allow them to make adjustments and give your child the most pleasant experience possible.


At the first visit, your child will need to have a panoramic x-ray. This helps the orthodontist diagnose issues more accurately and provide the best treatment for your child.

The orthodontist will also take photographs of your child’s teeth and face to help measure progress.

Next Steps

It is important to have an early treatment orthodontic exam because diagnosing the issues early give your child the best chance at optimal results.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.