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The Best Age for an Orthodontic Evaluation

Many people think braces are just for teenagers and that there's no need to even think about orthodontic treatment for kids until all their baby teeth have fallen out. But that's not the case! Here at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we recommend an orthodontic evaluation between the ages of 6 and 8. One of our core focuses is to help spread the word so that more parents and children can get the help they need as early as possible for the best results.

One of the reasons we recommend orthodontic evaluations so early is that the jaw and teeth are most receptive to change during development. In fact, during these years of development, children actually have growth centers in their face and jaws that are open to stimulation. Using epigenetic orthodontics, our team has successfully harnessed growth guidance and helped remodel jaws. As a result, facial structure, bite alignment and breathing have all been improved.

Correcting the growth tracks of the jaw, bite and face during development means less orthodontic treatment in the form of braces is needed later on. It also leads to a healthier life down the road into adulthood when it comes to posture, airways and even aesthetics of the face.

Not sure if your child could benefit from an orthodontic evaluation? These signs could indicate it's time for your child to come in for an orthodontic evaluation:

  • Crooked or crowding teeth
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Misaligned bite (teeth don't meet correctly or at all)
  • Baby teeth lost earlier or later than average
  • Trouble with speech or chewing and biting
  • Impact or injury to the jaw or face

For a limited time, Dr. Buck is offering FREE orthodontic evaluations for patients under 16 years old. That means there's no risk and no commitment, just a chance to see if your child could benefit from early intervention and reduce the amount of time in braces or other orthodontic appliances. For more information, questions, concerns or to schedule your free consultation, call us today at 425-361-0968.

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