When to Begin

"Thank you for the phenomenal orthodontic and personal treatment we have received through the years from Dr. Hullings and his staff members!  Not only do both my children have beautiful smiles, but I am so appreciative of every staff member that works with Dr. Hullings. They are courteous, always accommodating, professional and fun!  We've received excellent treatment and wonderful results." Carolyn C.

Exam-WebsiteThough orthodontic treatment can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time to begin treatment to ensure the best result. Your family dentist may suggest an orthodontic evaluation for your child, but a direct referral is not necessary. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7 or when the permanent first molars and incisors (front four teeth) are in.

At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be needed, but Dr. Hullings will carefully monitor growth and development to determine the best time to begin. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Orthodontic intervention can guide growth, preventing more serious problems later.