Orthodontics for children

Specialized orthodontic treatment for children in the Reston, VA, area

Dr. Calkins has received extensive, specialized training in the orthodontic treatment of children. The earlier we diagnose potential orthodontic problems, the easier treatment will be. Dr. Calkins encourages you to visit her office when your child is as young as 5 years of age if you notice lack of growth in the child’s lower jaw or facial asymmetry.
Early intervention is key to ensuring your child has a healthy and naturally beautiful smile for a lifetime.

When Is the optimal time to begin orthodontics?

Dr. Calkins can enhance a smile at any age, but the earlier she is able to diagnose potential problems, the better. Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, she believes that your child should receive his or her first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. If problems appear earlier, she believes in earlier intervention. When your child is seen at an early age, Dr. Calkins can determine if treatment will be necessary and design the best treatment plan for your child. Though orthodontics may not be necessary at this early age, an examination can aid in anticipating the most advantageous time to begin braces. Your child may also benefit from early intervention with Dentofacial Orthopedics, which is an advanced specialty of Dr. Calkins.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention helps guide growth and development, so it helps prevent serious problems later. Dr. Calkins screens children as early as 4 years old.
Dr. Calkins pays special attention to problems with growth of the lower jaw. She may recommend an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to evaluate the growth of the lower jaw in children. Facial imbalances, airway concerns, and functional habits can be addressed in early child development.


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