At Roos Orthodontics we call it an orthodontic check-in, not a check-up, as your child’s first visit is the start of a special relationship with our team, and a chance for us all to get to know them – and you. In fact, these younger patients-in-waiting have their very own “Rooster Club” – keeping them updated with events at the Practice, in-house contests and fun, developing a sense of familiarity with our Team well before they need to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have their first orthodontic check-in no later than age seven, with regular visits thereafter to track the development of your child’s mouth. At Roos Orthodontics there is no charge for these twice yearly recare visits while we monitor your child’s progress.
By age seven, enough permanent teeth have arrived for Dr. Roos to determine the course of treatment specific to your child and to discover any potential problems. Early evaluation can sometimes signal the need for early treatment as some orthodontic problems are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. At this age, most children have their first molars, providing us with the opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” The incisors have usually begun to come in too so problems like crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected. While many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth, an orthodontic check-in with us, at an early age, often leads to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment down the line.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month and an orthodontic check-in is an important part of responsible pediatric oral care. Misaligned teeth are prone to injury and detrimental to good oral hygiene. We try to make it as easy as possible for families at Roos Orthodontics. Aside from complimentary evaluation appointments and ongoing check-ins, we also offer family discounts. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s first orthodontic check-in with us.