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Bracing Life: Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?


We are excited to be joining the Mom and Caregiver family

as the dental health professionals! As Western alumni and now clinical instructors at the university, combined with 25 years as a local orthodontic practice- it’s safe to say we love London.

Our office focuses entirely on the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems that affect children, adolescents, and adults. We support all members of the community and have an interest in providing treatment for those with special needs.

A common question that arises is when is it an appropriate time for your child to have an orthodontic assessment? You may no- tice some of your child’s elementary school classmates with a retainer or even a few braces and think it is too soon for this. In fact, early orthodontic or interceptive treatment can be very effective in many situations.

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first visit to an orthodontist should occur at 7 years of age. Intervening while a child has a mix of adult and baby teeth (be- tween 7-12 years of age) can, in many instances, be more effec- tive in establishing a balanced bite than waiting until all the adult teeth are in. At that first visit, your orthodontist will be able to provide a personalized treatment plan.

In the upcoming issues, we will discuss the types of problems that need early orthodontic treatment. Some obvious and some not so obvious- Brace yourself for next month!

Doctors Hill and Gross have the experience to help craft beautiful smiles for all manner of patients, both children and adults.


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