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Parents Should Include an Orthodontic Consultation on Their Back to School List

Dr. Karen Conn of Bryn Mawr Orthodontics explains why the back to school season is a great time for your child to be evaluated for braces or Invisalign

By Dr. Karen Conn (Bryn Mawr Orthodontics)

The start of a new school year is a great time to make sure your child's smile is ready to shine.  That's why parents should include an orthodontic consultation on their back to school list.

An orthodontic consultation is an excellent way to assess your child's dental and orthodontic needs and determine whether they will be ready for braces or Invisalign during the coming school year - and the good news ist hat most orthodontists offer free consultations.  During the consultation, an orthodontist will examine your child's teeth, jaws, and facial structure, and discuss potential treatment options.  They will also answer any questions you have about orthodontics.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children see an orthodontist by age 7. Of course, most children are not ready for braces or Invisalign at that age, but the earlier your child starts being monitored by an orthodontist, the better.  This is because the bones and teeth are more flexible in children, and an orthodontist can determine the optimal time to start treatment.  By getting your child's teeth checked early, you can avoid missing the best window for treatment and also help prevent unidentified problems from developing.

Here are some additional tips for parents who are considering getting their child braces or Invisalign:

  • Start by talking to your child's dentist. Your child's dentist can refer you to an orthodontist if they think your child needs orthodontic treatment.
  • Do your research.  Once you've been referred to an orthodontist, take some time to research different orthodontists in your area.
  • Ask questions.  During your free orthodontic consultation, be sure to ask the orthodontist any questions you have about their practice, their treatment methods, and their fees.
  • Trust your gut. If you don't feel comfortable with an orthodontist, don't be afraid to look for another one.

Getting orthodontic treatment can be a big decision, but it's one that can have a positive impact on your child's smile and self-confidence.  By scheduling an orthodontic consultation, you can learn more about your child's orthodontic needs and treatment options.  And you can start your child on the path to a beautiful smile that they'll love for a lifetime.

Karen Conn, DMD, MS is a Board-certified orthodontist and co-owner of Bryn Mawr Orthodontics (Bryn Mawr, PA), where she specializes in Invisalign and braces for children, teens and adults.  She has been recognized as a Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentist, Main Line Today Top Dentist, Suburban Family Top Orthodontist, and is among the nation’s top 1% of Invisalign providers.  Dr. Conn received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Temple University, where she also earned a master's degree in Oral Biology.

Bryn Mawr Orthodontics serves its neighbors in Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Villanova, Ardmore, Haverford, Wynnewood, Narberth, Radnor, Penn Valley, Bala Cynwyd Merion, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

To learn more about Bryn Mawr Orthodontics contact the office today (484-383-0055) or schedule a free consultation online.

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