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Why should I take my child back to the orthodontist for observation visits?

Congratulations on taking your child to see Dr. Penny at Cade Orthodontics! If an area of concern was noted, the orthodontist may have suggested periodic observation visits, which may include x-rays and photos. Their purpose is to keep an eye on how your child’s teeth, face and jaws are developing. Visits may be scheduled once or twice a year.

Are these visits are really necessary? Yes they are! These visits allow your Dr. Penny to monitor changes as your child grows.

The kinds of things she will be watching include whether:

  • Baby teeth are being lost on schedule
  • Permanent teeth are coming in symmetrically, in the correct sequence at the correct time
  • Upper and lower jaws are developing properly
  • Permanent teeth have enough room to come in

If treatment is necessary to intercept a developing or existing problem, there is often an ideal time for treatment to begin. These return visits help determine the best time to in start treatment.

Treatment doesn’t always mean a child gets braces. Treatment could consist of pulling a  baby tooth at the right time, or intervention help to stop sucking habit. Dr. Penny is an expert in knowing what type of treatments are needed, and when it will be most beneficial.

Do continue to have your child seen periodically by Dr. Penny if it has been recommended. You will be giving your child the opportunity to get the best results from their orthodontic treatment and the precious gift of a healthy, beautiful smile.

When you choose an Cade Orthodontics and Dr. Penny, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile. Call today 407-656-0990.



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