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The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 02/19/2015

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Although most people tend to associate braces with the teenage years, orthodontic evaluations should actually begin much earlier. In fact, Dr. Harner can see your child as soon as their permanent teeth start to come in. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should first see the orthodontist no later than age 7.

How Can Early Treatment Help?

Increased Effectiveness

One of the biggest reasons to start early orthodontic treatment is to ensure the greatest effectiveness of future treatment. Starting young allows orthodontists to apply the most effective solutions quickly, increasing the chances of a perfect smile.

Problem Prevention


The earlier orthodontic treatment is started, the less time and money will be needed to resolve dental problems later. Having your child's needs addressed early can help prevent more serious problems down the road, saving your budget and your child's mouth from further trouble.

Setting a Timeline


Even if no immediate treatment is necessary, a thorough examination can help determine a timeline for future orthodontic care. By age 7, the first adult molars are beginning to erupt, which allows the orthodontist to establish what the tooth positions will be. This will allow them to recommend the best time to return to the orthodontist and begin comprehensive treatment.

Here at Harner Orthodontics, we want to help your family achieve the best smiles possible. If you are in the Huntington Beach area and have a child that you feel needs to be evaluated, then contact us today at (714) 842-9933 to set up an appointment!