Your Iowa City, IA Orthodontist
Dr. Suzanne Stock, Board-Certified Orthodontist, prides herself on providing high quality orthodontic treatment while maintaining a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Dr. Stock and our expert team work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, designing specialized treatment plans that perfectly suit their unique orthodontic needs - and in some cases, it's best to start that process early.
Starting Early for a Healthy Smile
Many parents ask when the best time for their child to begin orthodontic treatment is, and we love that question - it shows that parents are thinking ahead about their child's orthodontic health, which is the perfect mindset for helping them develop a healthy smile. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents bring their children in for an initial screening by age 7. While we may or may not begin treatment at this age, early evaluation helps us to spot problems and to decide the ideal time to start treatment.
During your child's first visit, we'll first take the time to get to know them and get them acquainted with our office. Dr. Stock will perform a thorough orthodontic examination and will evaluate the orientation of the jaws, the alignment of the teeth, and overall dental development. We may also take x-rays or supplemental pictures to help with the diagnostic process.
Based on this examination, Dr. Stock will diagnose any existing problems or problems that may develop in the future, and she will propose treatment based on that diagnosis. Often, treatment won’t start yet - in most cases it's best to wait and start treatment between ages 9-14. Occasionally, though, Dr. Stock will recommend interceptive treatment. In that case, we may use braces, space maintainers, palatal expanders, or other orthodontic appliances to help set the stage for your child to develop a healthy, beautiful smile.
Contact Your Iowa City, IA Orthodontic Specialist
Have more questions about our office or want to schedule an appointment? We can help with that! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to request an appointment. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you or your child achieve a gorgeous, healthy smile.