Cook Orthodontics

22032 El Paseo
Suite 210
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Phone: 949-589-7820
Fax: 949-589-2301

Early Treatment

Children's Orthodontics in Rancho Santa Margarita

Dr. Debra Cook and the team at Cook Orthodontics works hard to ensure their patients receive quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, comfortable environment. Each patient from Rancho Santa Margarita or Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch, CA is treated like family at our practice. We believe that young or old, every patient deserves to have the smile they’ve always dreamed of.  

We have found that beginning orthodontic treatment at an early age can be very beneficial to your child’s health in the long run. Developing positive oral hygiene habits earlier in life is a great way to start your child on the path to a beautiful, healthy smile. Learn more about early treatment at Cook Orthodontics below and feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.

When is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

While choosing to improve your smile at any age is an excellent decision, Dr. Cook has found that there is an optimal time period to begin treatment for children. An orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of any orthodontic problems or no later than the age of 7 years old. At this age, we have found that orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, however a vigilant examination can help us to anticipate the best time to begin treatment.

What are the Benefits of an Early Evaluation?

There are a number of benefits to beginning treatment at an earlier stage in life. An early evaluation can benefit your child in a variety of ways including:

  • Providing timely detection of problems 
  • Greater opportunity for more effective treatment
  • Guiding growth and development to prevent serious problems in the future
  • Close monitoring of tooth movement and jaw growth

Why is age 7 Considered the Best Time for Screening?

We have found that by the age of 7, a child’s first adult molars have erupted, establishing their back bite. At this time, an orthodontist is able to evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. A timely screening has been proven to not only detect issues leading to orthodontic treatment, but it also helps to create the chances for an incredible smile in the future.

What are the Advantages of Interceptive Treatment?

Interceptive treatment can help your child’s tooth development in a number of ways including the following:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth 
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth 
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth 
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth 
  • Reducing the need for tooth extractions
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
  • Improving malocclusions (bad bites) caused by crowded teeth, crossbites, openbites and protruding teeth

Schedule an Appointment Today

Thank you for choosing Cook Orthodontics for all of your child’s early orthodontic needs. We have proudly improved the smiles of many children in and around Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch, CA with clear braces and more. If you are interested in beginning early treatment for your child, please contact us at 949-589-7820. We are always accepting new patients and are happy to answer any questions you may have prior to your child’s first visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!