Although you can straighten your smile at any age, orthodontic treatment is most effective for children and teenagers, as their teeth and jawbones are still developing and can more easily be moved into their proper positions. Early orthodontic treatment ensures the best results with the least amount of time and expense. To learn more about early orthodontic treatment in Glen Allen, Virginia, and schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Frank Iuorno, please call West End Orthodontics at 804-364-8366.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an initial orthodontic evaluation at about age 7, or at the first sign of any orthodontic problems. Treatment may not be necessary at this age, but an early evaluation allows us to anticipate potential problems and determine the best time to begin treatment.

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just improve the appearance of your child’s smile – it also corrects malocclusions (bad bites), tooth misalignment, and jaw misalignment. All of these things affect the way your smile, chew, and clean your teeth. If left uncorrected, these issues can lead to further problems in the future. For example, crowded teeth are difficult to brush and floss, which may result in gum disease and/or tooth decay. Protruding teeth are more likely to be chipped, and bad bites and results in unfavorable growth, uneven tooth wear and speech impediments.

We encourage you to bring your child to West End Orthodontics for his or her orthodontic evaluation. Please call us at 804-364-8366 to schedule your child’s consultation with our friendly orthodontist.