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Starting Early: Orthodontic Evaluation at Age 7

In line with the American Association of Orthodontists' recommendations, Cruz Orthodontics emphasizes the importance of an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This early assessment, conducted as the first permanent molars and incisors emerge, allows Dr. Cruz to identify potential orthodontic issues such as crossbites, crowding/spacing, or skeletal problems. Early detection is key to planning effective treatment and ensuring the best outcomes for your child's smile.

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Observation and Fun: Our Approach to Kids' Orthodontics

At Cruz Orthodontics, our approach with children is focused on careful monitoring and creating a positive experience. Dr. Cruz will regularly assess your child's dental development, determining the perfect timing for treatment or if braces are necessary. For kids not yet ready for treatment, we offer membership in our exciting Kids Club.

This includes a special membership card, a gift certificate to Jamba Juice or Cold Stone, and the chance to win great prizes. Plus, they'll benefit from our orthodontic guidance program at no extra charge, where we keep an eye on their growth and dental development.

Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Early orthodontic treatment at Cruz Orthodontics provides a host of benefits, enhancing your child's dental health and self-image during their crucial formative years. These benefits include regulating the width of dental arches, creating space for permanent teeth, reducing the need for future tooth extractions, and minimizing the risk of impacted permanent teeth.

It also addresses habits like thumb-sucking and improves speech or swallowing issues. Importantly, early treatment simplifies and shortens future orthodontic work, boosting your child’s self-esteem and confidence.