The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of 7 to determine if they can benefit from treatment. This is an ideal age for correction, because the first permanent molars have typically come in by this time, and crossbites, crowding, and other common problems can be evaluated and addressed before they worsen.
Early treatment can sometimes simplify (and in a few cases eliminate) later treatment. It gives an orthodontist the ability to monitor the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. It allows the doctor to regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, to gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for extractions, and reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
Drs. Lockhart maintain strong working relationships with other dentists in the area. This proves to be a tremendous asset for cases that require teamwork within different disciplines of dentistry to achieve a beautiful finished result. We make a concerted effort to work closely with family & pediatric dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialists to help you achieve the perfect smile.