The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they reach 7 years of age. Dr. Peter Lee and our team welcome children to our office as early as age 6 so that we can evaluate orthodontic needs and provide early orthodontic care in San Francisco, California. We invite you to contact OPDSF Orthodontics at (415) 681-8500 today for more information and to schedule your child’s appointment with our orthodontist.
The childhood and teenage years are a great time for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of seven years, and we encourage you to bring your child to our office by this age to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment. When we are able to start treatment early, we can often detect and correct potential problems before they become more serious. This can save you and your child time, as well as money.
Early orthodontic treatment is advantageous because a young child’s teeth have not finished erupting; this allows us to guide their eruption and address any problems at the earliest possible stage. Whether your child needs removable or fixed appliances, early orthodontic treatment can help to:
- Provide more room for crowded erupting teeth
- Preserve space for teeth that have not yet erupted
- Create facial symmetry by manipulating jaw growth
- Reduce the possible need for tooth extraction
- Reduce the overall treatment time
When you bring your child to our practice, our orthodontist will be able to determine whether treatment is needed and when it should begin.