As a specialist in growth and development and an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Stenftenagel is able to detect any deficiencies in the growth cycle and understands the profound benefits of early intervention. That’s why Dr. Stenftenagel and the American Association of Orthodontists feel the age of 7 is ideal for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation. By the age of 7, the upper jaw is significantly developed and Dr. Stenftenagel is able to make a diagnosis before a problem becomes more complex. If the upper jaw is too narrow, permanent teeth can be blocked from erupting and the lower jaw will not be able to grow properly. It is not necessary to wait until all the baby teeth are lost; the sooner room is made for the erupting permanent teeth, the better the chance they will fit in the mouth naturally without requiring extractions.
But please don’t worry if your child is over 7, it’s never too late! An orthodontic evaluation does not require a referral from your primary care dentist; so don't wait but let the expert in growth and development help you decide if it’s time to give your child the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile. A complimentary exam with Dr. Stenftenagel will give you the information you need to know about your child’s individual needs.