Drs. Gray and Ehrler agree with the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize initial problems and correct them before they become more serious later in life. This not only saves you and your child time, but it also saves you money!

Our doctors encourage all parents to bring their children in for an early orthodontic evaluation. Even if they determine it is too early for treatment, our team will be able to determine when your child will be ready and when treatment should commence. Early orthodontic care can be a huge advantage for the future of your child’s oral health.

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for so many of our young patients. We use evidence based protocols that are gentle to guide growth and development, preventing serious problems down the road

Current research demonstrates how important your child’s smile is to their self-esteem. Early treatment gives them a head start in improving self confidence before adolescence. Your child will be more social and perform better when self confidence is at its highest.

Early orthodontic care varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances. Some of the most direct results of early treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
  • Preventing malocclusions (bad bites)

Initial Evaluation

During your child’s initial evaluation, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed. Some of these potential problems include crowding, open bite, overbite or “gummy” smiles. Immediate treatment might not be necessary. If it is, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his or her specific case.

The earlier you bring your child to Gray & Ehrler Orthodontic Specialists, the earlier we can determine the best course of action and begin orthodontic treatment. Drs. Gray and Ehrler along with their staff are trained and skilled to work with children and provide a friendly, caring atmosphere that children and their parents can feel comfortable in.