Follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation and start dental visits by your child’s first birthday.
- Make regular visits to your dentist at least every six months.
- Take your child for an orthodontic checkup no later than age 7. If a problem is detected, your orthodontist can determine the best time to start treatment.
- Get your child an orthodontic checkup even if he or she is past age 7. Although an early checkup can be extremely beneficial, the fact is that most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.
- Keep in mind that orthodontic treatment can also benefit adults. Less visible, more comfortable braces make treatment more appealing than ever, and healthy teeth, bones, and gums of almost any age respond well to treatment.
- Choose an orthodontist – the dental specialist who is uniquely qualified to treat orthodontic problems.
- Take advantage of the affordability of orthodontic treatment today. Most orthodontists have a variety of convenient payment plans.
- Remember that successful orthodontic treatment is the result of a partnership. The orthodontist, family dentist and, especially, a cooperative patient all work together to create a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.