Protect your child’s smile for the future.
As parents of three children, Drs. Matthew and Courtney Dunn understand how valuable your children are to you. That is why they encourage you to have your kids come in for their first orthodontic exam by approximately age 7 (seven), as suggested by the American Association of Orthodontists. At this age, bite problems may already be present that if not corrected, may be difficult to fix when older and may even cause permanent damage of the adult teeth. Even a single crooked tooth may throw off a bite, hamper proper teeth cleaning and result in functional issues as your children grow older, including cavities, gum disease and speech disorders.
In the event your children do not need treatment at the time of the first examination, do not feel as though you have made an unneeded visit. Those kids that do not need orthodontic treatment when they come in for their first consultation enter into our Roadrunner Kid’s Club. These kids will visit us at least twice a year to observe development and growth of the teeth, jaws and face. The Roadrunner Kid’s Club program will give us the opportunity to assess your children on a routine basis, making sure that we begin treatment for your child at the optimal time. Best of all, the appointments for the Roadrunner Kid’s Club growth and guidance program are complimentary.
Some teeth and jaw issues do require early treatment. Crossbites can result in lower jaw shifting and need to be addressed immediately. Likewise, underbites and severe overbites usually need early treatment.