Early Orthodontics


Your Huntington Beach Orthodontist

dr-harner-with-patientsAt Harner Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality orthodontic care in a fun, friendly environment. Dr. Harner and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to develop a relationship with each of our patients and to keep every visit comfortable, easy, and enjoyable. With years of experience working with younger patients, we know how to make a trip to the orthodontist's office a good experience for all involved.


When is the best time to start treatment?

Although orthodontic treatment is possible at any age, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child's first orthodontic evaluation occur either at the first sign of problems or no later than age seven. While treatment may not be necessary at this early age, this initial examination allows us to spot any problems that may develop down the road and plan the best time to begin treatment.

Why should my child be evaluated?

Early evaluation can save huge amounts of time and money by spotting problems before they become significant. By starting early, we can carefully manage and guide your child's dental development, preventing serious problems down the road.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

The first adult molars erupt by age 7, which establishes the back bite. This allows us to evaluate all pertinent aspects of the bite and tooth relationships, so we can spot things like overbite, open bite, crowding, or any other common problems. Early treatment makes it much easier to ensure your child has the best smile possible.

What can interceptive treatment do?

While the benefits of interceptive treatment are many, some of them include:

  • Creating space for overcrowded teeth
  • Influencing jaw growth to enhance facial symmetry
  • Reducing risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Maintaining space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the likelihood of tooth removal
  • Minimizing treatment time for braces

Why should malocclusions be treated?

Orthodontic treatment isn't just about creating a beautiful smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions (bad bites) can make it more difficult to properly clean the teeth, make teeth more susceptible to accidental chipping, create unfavorable growth or uneven tooth wear, or cause tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Malocclusions can affect how a patient smiles, chews, swallows, and feels about their smile, which is why it's so important to begin treating them early on. Ultimately, orthodontics doesn't just create a prettier smile - it creates a healthier you.

Contact Your Huntington Beach Orthodontist

If you have more questions about your or your child's orthodontic health or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to reach out to us at our contact page. We can't wait to hear from you!