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Growth Check Appointments Before Starting Orthodontic Treatment

Posted On: March 1, 2021

Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child be seen for their first growth check appointment by the age of 7? At Freytag Orthodontics, these appointments are free of charge and allows us to monitor your child’s oral growth and development to ensure he/she get’s started with orthodontic treatment at the perfect time.

What is a growth check appointment?

A growth check appointment doesn’t mean your child is ready to get started with braces. In fact, at Freytag Orthodontics, we rarely start children with braces until all of their baby teeth are gone! We strive to make sure our patients only have to wear braces once, and growth check appointments help us stay on top of changes occurring in a child’s mouth.

When bringing your child into our office for one of these visits, it will be a very relaxed setting and quick evaluation by Dr. Freytag herself. At this time she will answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well as develop a relationship with your child months or even years before getting started with treatment.

What is the doctor looking for at this Orthodontic visit?

There are a variety of things Dr. Freytag will be looking for when seeing your child at their annual growth check appointments. These include:

  • Underbites
  • Excessive Spacing
  • Crossbites
  • Missing Teeth
    • A panoramic x-ray will allow us to see if there are any missing teeth that will not be coming in.
  • Functional Shift
    • When the jaw shifts to one side as the teeth come together
  • Extra Teeth
  • Crowding
    • When teeth are overlapping
  • Impacted Teeth
    • When a tooth fails to erupt from the gums

The conditions listed above are commonly seen in orthodontics and do not necessarily mean your child will need to get started with braces or Invisalign right away. Crossbites are one of the few problems that would require early intervention and a phase 1 of orthodontic treatment.

What to expect at my child’s growth check appointment

When you bring your child in for their annual growth check appointment, they will typically receive an x-ray at no cost to you, and get pictures taken of their teeth. These images will help Dr. Freytag evaluate their teeth and jaw growth in order to determine a future plan for orthodontic treatment. Having these images is crucial for the doctor to detect any issues listed above, and will be a determining factor on when braces will be needed.

Your child will also have the opportunity to tour our office, meet the team, and get comfortable with us before getting started! At Freytag Ortho, we treat our patients like family and enjoy learning about each person’s individual smile goals. Tell us how you envision your smile and we will do our best to make it happen!

Schedule your FREE EXAM today!

At Freytag Orthodontics, we offer both in-office and video consultations free of charge. Schedule you or your child’s appointment now by clicking here or give our office a call at (520) 365-6703.