Early Orthodontics

When considering orthodontics for children, it’s important to note that every child develops differently. A good rule of thumb is to have your child evaluated by an orthodontic specialist around the age of 7. This is the time when their first permanent molars and incisors have often come in and it is a good time to evaluate crossbites, crowding and other possible issues.

Dr. Fortney understands that treatment needs are evaluated early, she can help guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.

Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

7 & Up Program

Dr. Fortney’s passion for dentistry began at a young age while working alongside her father. Now, having two young sons of her own, she understands the concerns parents have regarding orthodontic treatment.

Hidden Valley Orthodontics operates under the philosophy that everyone is different and therefore has different needs. Not every child will need braces! But, it’s a wise decision to have your child evaluated by an orthodontic specialist beginning around age 7. Should you have concerns about your child, please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation. Our goal is to give every child and parent the smile they have always dreamed about!

Why 7 & Up?

When most people think of orthodontics they immediately think teenagers
The fact is orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 9 and 14. However, by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth.
With earlier evaluations, Dr. Fortney is able to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are present.

Why is this important?

It is important because some orthodontic problems may be easier to address and correct if they are identified early!