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Orthodontic Evaluation by Age 7

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Even if your child has protruding or misaligned teeth, or other jaw problems, you might not be thinking about braces just yet. That’s still several years away… isn’t it? Not necessarily.

While the most common age for braces is during the teen years, our office agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that you have your child see an orthodontist for evaluation no later than age seven.

After the first checkup, we will be able to determine when your child should start orthodontics and what types of devices might be needed. The American Association of Orthodontists reccomends the first orthodontic evaluation at 7 years of age. In layman’s terms, if we catch a problem now, we can potentially avoid more extensive or complex work later.

By correcting some dental issues at a young age, we can:

  • Give permanent teeth adequate room to erupt in proper or better alignment
  • Shorten or eliminate the need for braces later
  • Orevent later extractions or even jaw surgery
  • Correct finger sucking or tongue thrust habits to prevent deformation in the shape of the upper jaw
  • Possibly reduce the overall cost of your child’s braces

Another reason to see your orthodontist early is that some problems are easier to correct while your child’s bones are still growing and flexible. Crossbites and underbites are two examples. But early intervention has a number of other advantages: Correcting a malocclusion that involves crowded teeth will make it easier for your child to brush, floss and chew properly, giving them a head start on good dental health. Properly aligned teeth improve the look of the face and, of course, your child’s smile!

"My orthodontic treatment was great at Dr. DeLurgio's office. The staff is great and Dr. DeLurgio is very kind and informative. Her work speaks for itself. I appreciate her attention to detail and most of all, the quality of her work. I can't stop looking at my teeth. I didn't know they look that good."*
- Rachaad H.
5 star
"I am a local dental hygienist and I only wanted the best for my daughter. Dr DeLurgio and Dr Blom are the BEST. The care that they took was incredible and her teeth are perfect. I would highly recommend them to fact I do to all of my patients in need of ortho care. Thank you Dr DeLurgio and Dr Blom!!"*
- Keri O.
5 star
"I wasn’t very excited when I found out I had to get braces for what was estimated to be two years. Thankfully Dr. Delurgio introduced me to the Acceledent device which saved me an entire year. My braces are off earlier than I expected and my teeth and bite are perfect. I couldn’t be happier with the results."*
- Catie M.
5 star
"My younger son's braces were off earlier than expected and he loved the result of how his teeth were aligned. It's really worth to see these Drs Blom and Delurgio. They're so nice they made my son comfortable and really professional including their staff. Sadly, Dr Blom already retired from his practice but with Dr Delurgio now in-charge I'm so confident with her that my other son who just started his braces late last year is getting improvement with his teeth."*
- Gem R.
5 star
*The reviews on this page are from actual patients of DeLurgio. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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