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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit to the orthodontist at age 7.  Don’t worry!  Most 7-year-olds don’t require orthodontic intervention. In fact, Dr. Gulland is very conservative in his approach and would prefer to initiate treatment when all the permanent teeth have erupted (usually around age 12). But there is a “shortlist” of problems that are best treated at a younger age.

You may be asking, if most patients begin treatment at age 12, why do I need to come in now? If a problem on our shortlist exists and is not discovered early, it may be difficult to treat later in life.  In addition, permanent and irreversible damage may have already been done.

An early visit gives you peace of mind that everything is fine. Our initial exams are completely complimentary, thorough and most importantly pain-free!  Did you know orthodontists don’t give shots or use needles?

If your child does require early intervention, a specialized treatment plan will be developed for your individual child’s needs, providing only what is necessary. Our team has over 150 years of experience and we pride ourselves on kind, caring and compassionate treatment for our patients. Your child will be in great hands. Check us out on Facebook (@gullandorthodontics) to learn more about our office and team!

When early treatment is not recommended for our 7 year olds, they enter our “Gulland’s Gang” club. This complimentary program provides a free check-up every 6-12 months as your child grows. These appointments are very important as they allow us to monitor jaw growth and tooth eruption. If an orthodontic need arises, we can step in at just the right time. Again, all of our “Gulland Gang” appointments are completely complimentary.

Call us today to schedule your youngster’s free initial exam!

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