At Surrideo Orthodontics, we take a conservative approach to the timing of orthodontic treatment. While the American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists recommend that the initial evaluation by an orthodontist should occur around the age of 7, we are often happy to see children for their first visit at about 8-9 years of age. Evaluation at this early age allows us to start treatment if necessary, or to set up an appropriate recall schedule to monitor growth and development, allowing us to choose the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at the right time ensures the greatest result.
Drs. Cohen and Yue spend a great deal of time discussing timing of orthodontic referrals with their general and pediatric dental colleagues. This dialogue allows your child's dentist to know which issues require early intervention, and which ones can wait until your child is a little bit older. However, if they are unsure, they will likely send you early so as not to miss an important opportunity.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.