The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids see an orthodontist by age seven. They still might have those cute baby teeth, but the earlier they’re evaluated, the earlier we can catch red flags and prevent them from becoming major problems when they’re teens or adults. By this time, a lot of the kiddos will have their first permanent molars and incisors and crossbites, crowding, tooth eruption, jaw problems, and other issues can be identified by using different photos and x-rays than your dentist uses.
We’ll Keep an Eye Out
Most kids won’t need braces right off the bat and Dr. Kwong will just observe their growth. He’ll make sure their dental and facial development are on track and let you know when the time is right for orthodontic treatment.
Seven Reasons to See Us at Seven
- Identify extra or missing teeth
- Correction of harmful habits
- Tooth eruption guidance
- Correct jaw growth imbalances and problems
- Create room for crowded teeth
- Improve self esteem
- Prevent damage and trauma to the teeth and gums
The Benefits of Early Treatment
If issues are found early on, sometimes Phase I treatment will be needed. Beginning treatment early, in some cases, allows Dr. Kwong to guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. We can then regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth and lessen the chances of needing surgery later on. At this stage, we can also intervene and help to correct thumb sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing and speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
What Our Patients Are Saying
As a general dentist, I think very highly of Dr. Kwong. His office is always great with communication to keep us informed about how treatment is progressing. All of my patients who I send there always have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Kwong and his staff! He always takes his time with the parents and patients and is passionate about what he does.Angel Sun
I had a wonderful experience at Jeffery Kwong's. I'm 17 years old and had been in braces twice before. My teeth had shifted quite a bit because I didn't wear my retainers and was too young to understand their importance. So, I started my Invisalign treatment. It was the easiest process I had ever experienced regarding dental work. Dr. Kwong and his staff where always kind and efficient. They created a comfortable environment for all ages and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to improve their smile.Brooke Martinez
Dr. Kwong is friendly, professional, and invested in the well being of his patients. Our teenage daughter loves the care she receives, and the entire staff is welcoming, helpful and always there to offer support. Dr Kwong is also an active member of our community, involved in the school district and giving back in many ways. If you're looking for a great experience, choose JKO!Cherish Costello
I cannot recommend Dr. Kwong enough. I have been going to this office for the last 12 years. The entire time Dr. Kwong himself and the staff have been extremely helpful and kind. They ensure that you feel right at home! This is honestly the best place to go if you are in need of orthodontia work.Austin Erck
Dr. Kwong you are a fantastic orthodontist and a wonderful, caring person! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the emergency care you gave Marco this weekend! You went above and beyond! Feeling so grateful this morning!Julie Smith DeZordo