It may come as a surprise, but the American Association of Orthodontists urges parents to take children to see an orthodontist at age seven. While they still have most of their baby teeth, it is actually an ideal time to either start monitoring a child or to intervene early to prevent major issues and the need for surgery in their teen years and adulthood.

A Preventative

Most little ones don’t need braces right away. Dr. Moon will examine their mouth and monitor the development of their face, teeth and jaws. This way, he can catch problems before they become more serious. He will also work with you to correct potentially harmful habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. He will let you know when the time is right for treatment. These occasional visits give your child the opportunity to build a relationship with Dr. Moon and ensure they feel comfortable in the orthodontist’s chair.

Orthodontic Treatment

If red flags do arise while Dr. Moon is monitoring your child, he may recommend early intervention while their jaw is still growing. Phase I braces or an appliance could be needed to keep their development on track, avoid surgery and extractions and make for easier, faster treatment down the road.

While we try to avoid two-phase treatment, when we can’t, we do a short first round of braces or an appliance before all of the permanent teeth have come in, take a breather for a few years and then finish up with a final round of braces or Invisalign. Don’t worry, parents, we take a conservative approach at Moon Orthodontics and only resort to early intervention when it’s absolutely necessary.

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Adult Treatments

We offer treatments to suit every age and every stage. You’re never too old to reap the benefits of a stellar smile. An increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to boost their confidence and improve their oral health.

Teen Treatments

We all know the teenage years can be tough enough without having to deal with a smile you’re unhappy with. At Moon Orthodontics, we can change this and we have the treatment options to fit your lifestyle and your parent’s budget. We’d call that a win-win!

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