Our team at Straffon Orthodontics realizes the countless benefits that can come when a child visits the orthodontist in the earlier stages of life. This is why Dr. Straffon, our children’s orthodontist near Englewood, CO, follows the recommendation of The American Association of Orthodontists, which urges all parents to bring their children to be evaluated by a trained orthodontic specialist at the age of 7.
When your child sees Dr. Straffon, he will simply take that opportunity to examine your child’s bite and jaw alignment. This allows Dr. Straffon to see if there is any preventative treatment that could reduce the severity or expense of treatment after all the adult teeth have erupted.
Most parents who bring their child to our Denver orthodontic office for an early evaluation leave the office again happy to know that orthodontic treatment can wait – or won’t be needed at all. Dr. Straffon firmly believes that early treatment should only be used when it is truly essential, and he will not recommend braces for a child when simpler treatment can produce the same results.
Ultimately, only a trained orthodontic specialist can tell for sure if your child would benefit from early treatment, since many potential problems may not be visibly apparent until prevention is too late. However, if you observe any of the following signs in your child, then we strongly recommend that you bring your child to see Dr. Straffon for an evaluation.
In the cases where Dr. Straffon does recommend preventative orthodontics, this early treatment can bring about numerous benefits for a child, including…
Even when early orthodontic prevention is not necessary or recommended, early evaluation still allows Dr. Straffon to monitor a child’s growth patterns and focus on the ideal time to employ braces or orthodontics after all their teeth have erupted.
If your child is showing signs of need orthodontic care, or if you’re are being referred by your family dentist to visit an orthodontist, please contact Straffon Orthodontics to schedule your free Dr. Straffon Smile Assessment. This complimentary appointment includes a complete exam of your child’s bite and jaw, digital photos, digital x-rays when needed, and a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Straffon, during which he will provide his treatment recommendation (if any) as well as the reasons and benefits for it. You and your child have everything to gain and nothing to lose by taking advantage of our free early evaluation package. Call 303.758.3414 or click here to schedule an appointment today!