Children and Adolescents

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. At Safer Orthodontics, we understand that patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs; and our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. An early evaluation is always a good way to ensure that this goal is met. Here are some reasons why:

  • Dr. Safer can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be an underlying issue that only an orthodontist can detect.
  • A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, Dr. Safer may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, Dr. Safer might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

  • In certain situations, early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. At times, Dr. Safer may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
  • Early treatment may give Dr. Safer the chance to:
    • Guide jaw growth
    • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
    • Correct harmful oral habits
    • Improve appearance
    • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
    • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

Please contact our office today at 732-226-6800 to schedule a consultation visit for your child.