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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“My son is turning 7 – when should we visit for a consultation?”

Great question! Our team at Salins Orthodontics will tell you that braces were originally considered to be best appropriate for teens. But these days, kids as old as seven are beginning their orthodontic treatment. Because preadolescent kids are typically not self-conscious, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists suggest it could be a good idea to start early.

Experts, however, say it depends on the treatment required. Some children who get braces at an early age end up in a second phase of treatment, and end up having braces well into their teenage years despite starting young.

Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 9 and 14, and the folks at AAO estimate most orthodontic treatment lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average. It’s important, however, that children be screened at our convenient Union City and South San Francisco offices no later than age seven for Dr. Salins to assess what the best age for treatment is.

We hope this helps! We invite you to give us a call 650-952-1010/ 510-475-4153 if you have any questions about your child’s treatment and have yourself a relaxing and wonderful weekend!
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