Why age 7?

September 20th, 2022

See an Orthodontic Specialist at Age Seven

A lot of people think about teenagers when they think about braces. The truth is that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7! Does that seem early? We get it. Keep reading to find out why seven years old is the perfect age to bring your child in for their first orthodontic evaluation.


Why Age Seven?

We hear all the time that seven seems early for an orthodontic appointment. Most seven-year-olds do not even have many of their permanent teeth yet and you may be surprised to hear that is exactly why it is the best time for them to see an orthodontist. By scheduling your first consult before your child’s permanent teeth erupt, Dr. Cox can see potential problems before they happen. Common issues that can be seen during these early visits include problems with bite or overcrowding.


Preventing Problems

Another important benefit of early orthodontic office visits is the prevention of complicated orthodontic problems down the road. By checking how your child’s teeth are coming in and their jaw is developing your orthodontist can begin building your child’s individual treatment plan, including when the optimal time to begin treatment will be.
Before they are ready for braces, some younger children may need to wear orthodontic appliances to help prevent problems or your orthodontist may suggest yearly check-ups to monitor growth and tooth development. There is also the potential that early appointments can shorten treatment times and prevent the need for more intensive or uncomfortable procedures. By avoiding longer treatment times, or more complicated procedures, early appointments can also help save you money!


Lifelong Smiles Start at Seven

We know that, as parents, you only want the very best for your children now and always. That includes a lifelong beautiful smile. Scheduling your child’s first appointment by two, is the key to starting them on the most ideal orthodontic path. If your child is nearing age 7 (or is older and has not seen an orthodontist yet) Contact us today. We want to help your family see the benefits and beautiful smiles that early orthodontic treatment can provide.

Are You "Braced' For the Cure?

September 30th, 2013

This month we will be Smiling for Survivors! If you have an appointment in October you will see that Dr. Pridemore, Dr. Cox and our caring Team will be wearing pink gloves and masks all month, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts on Thursdays!

We would love for y'all to support anyone you know that has been a survivor of Breast Cancer or someone who may be going through treatment by choosing PINK colors the next time you are in for your appointment!

As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but you probably didn't realize that it is also Orthodontic Health Awareness Month! So there is no better way to show your support than with beautiful pink colored smile from Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics!

Facts about breast cancer in the United States:

* One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
* Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
* Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
* Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
* Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year