The first step to your new smile is a complimentary, informative visit. It’s a great opportunity to meet Dr. Reed, find out what treatment for you or your child would look like and learn about your options. This first appointment is a no pressure meeting. It includes a thorough examination by Dr. Reed. If she determines that now is the right time to begin treatment, we will schedule a second appointment to capture the necessary additional diagnostic records.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; at this time Dr. Reed can identify any growth issues and make plans to address them or monitor progress over the coming months or years. Whenever possible, Dr. Reed prefers to treat orthodontic problems with a single phase of treatment once all or most of the baby teeth have been lost and the permanent teeth are erupted enough for braces. This approach allows treatment to be started at a time that provides the best result in the least amount of time while reducing the overall cost and inconvenience of two-phase treatments. When appropriate early treatment is recommended it’s usually to address teasing at school and growth issues that might require a more complex solutions if treated later.
If we find that it’s in your child’s best interest to wait for treatment, he or she will be placed in our Growth and Development program where we provide no cost monitoring visits until they are ready. You can feel confident that Dr. Reed will always do what is best for you or your child and the treatment prescribed will always honor the trust that you’ve placed in the team at Laurel Mountain Orthodontics.
It’s never too late to start orthodontic treatment; it’s not just for children and teens. Over 20% of the patients in our practice are over the age of 21, and are thrilled at the changes in their smiles and their lives! Dr. Reed provides the most advanced treatment options available so that every patient, regardless of age, benefits from these advances in terms of comfort, efficiency and cost.
Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist. We provide a complimentary initial exam so that you can get all the information you need to start smiling with Laurel Mountain Orthodontics.