Dr. Hoff normally recommends comprehensive orthodontic treatment after all the adult teeth have erupted, around the age of 11 or 12. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be evaluated at the age of 7 years old. At that early age,
it’s possible to determine if there are issues related to the child’s growth or tooth positions that should be addressed sooner rather than
later. Early, interceptive treatment can be recommended to correct crossbites, underbites, extreme crowding, impacted permanent teeth, under or
over developed jaws that affect the profile and bite, and constricted airways.
With early treatment, we can take a less invasive, preventative approach. Addressing development concerns while the bones are growing gives us
the ability to avoid more invasive approaches in the future.
For kids who don’t need early treatment, we’ve created our Awesome Adventure program. We’ll see kids at least once a year, at no charge, to
monitor their growth and determine the right time and options for treatment. Plus, they will learn great habits that will help them maintain a
healthy, beautiful smile throughout their life.