Our Patient Is You
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontist at age 7. At this age, your child will start to lose his/her baby teeth and the permanent teeth will start to erupt. This allows us to assess jaw growth patterns, spacing needs, and any abnormalities that may exist.
We will perform an initial exam to evaluate your child’s needs. Many children at age 7 do not require treatment, and we will monitor them until the permanent teeth erupt. However, for some children, it is advisable to start treatment “early” (with baby teeth still present) to intercept issues that may present bigger problems as a child ages.
There are many reasons why AGE 7 is the best time for your child’s first evaluation:
- Orthodontists are trained to recognize and address problems early in a child’s development, even while baby teeth are present.
- We can evaluate jaw growth patterns and stage treatment at the appropriate time.
- We are able to evaluate issues such as:
- Overbite or underbite
- Open bite or deep bite
- Spacing or crowding
- Dental or skeletal protrusion
- Finger/Thumb habits
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of straight teeth! There may be underlying issues that can only be seen in x-rays or during a clinical exam. A very important component to the success of orthodontic treatment is timing. We would much rather see your child at 7 years old and suggest monitoring rather than seeing them too late!
Our goal is to give you the smile you have always wanted. Whether you are a parent seeking treatment for your children or a prospective patient yourself, we will listen to your concerns and develop a customized treatment plan to fit your needs. Starting with our first meeting, you will learn that we are different. We start all of our initial meetings by doing what matters, listening to you. We want to hear your thoughts, concerns and goals. Then, we will discuss the orthodontic process as well as our unique brand of exceptional care. Attention to detail and a constant search for perfection are the foundations of Havens Orthodontics.
We understand that a smile tells the world who you are. It reflects an individual’s personality like nothing else. So whether you are 7 or 70, our philosophy is to achieve a beautiful smile in a way that fits your style. We will do all we can to make sure that your experience is customized to suit you. Expect to relax, have a beverage, and even use your iPad if you like. Havens Orthodontics is entirely focused on giving patients the best possible experience – and a truly amazing smile.