Early Orthodontics

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.

7 years old. All exams are complimentary.

Dr. Gimlen evaluates for a few things at this appointment:

  • She identifies if the jaw is growing properly.
  • She determines if there are too many or too few teeth.
  • She ensures the permanent teeth are coming in the correct position

For about 1 in 5 children, early treatment is advised. Most of the time, Dr. Gimlen will determine that your child is growing properly, and your child should begin treatment at the tail end of losing their baby teeth.

The teeth and jaw are constantly growing and shifting in children. Most exams are a year apart to make sure everything is growing in a healthy and ideal way. Dr. Gimlen is able to guide the eruption of adult teeth when needed with well-timed interventions that make orthodontics easier for children.

Nope! You do not need a referral. Schedule your complimentary consultation here.


Please let us know if you have any questions about your dental insurance coverage or ideas about how we can make your entire orthodontic experience a pleasant one. 310.545.6525

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