Early Orthodontics

Kids Braces in San Rafael, CA

At Haney Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile, and in some cases, it's best to start that process early. We're proud to treat patients of all ages at our San Anselmo orthodontic office, and while the majority of our patients are teenagers, sometimes the best way to build a healthy smile is to start with early orthodontic treatment. Dr. Eric Haney and our highly-trained team of orthodontic specialists are dedicated to helping each one of our patients achieve a gorgeous smile, crafting individualized treatment plans to suit the unique needs of all of our patients. And if your child may be in need of orthodontic treatment, we can help. 

When Should My Child See Our San Rafael Orthodontist?

Parents often ask us about the best time to bring their child in for an initial evaluation, and as it turns out, the answer may be earlier than you think. In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask parents to bring their children in for a first visit at around the age of seven. By this age, a child’s adult molars should have grown in, allowing our San Rafael orthodontist to detect any subtle orthodontic problems that may grow more severe down the line. Additionally, some orthodontic problems are much easier to treat when they’re discovered earlier.

Some signs that your child may have a malocclusion (bad bite) that requires orthodontic treatment include the following:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that aren’t in proportion to the rest of the face
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Mouth breathing

Why Is Early Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

While all kids should visit our San Rafael orthodontic office for an evaluation at age 7, this doesn't necessarily mean we'll start treatment right away. In many cases, your San Rafael orthodontist will opt to monitor and observe your child's development until the ideal time to start treatment. However, when early or interceptive treatment is necessary, it gives us the ideal opportunity to achieve a number of important orthodontic goals:  

  • Guide teeth into more desirable positions
  • Preserve space for incoming permanent teeth
  • Guide the growth of the jaw
  • Widen or narrow the upper and lower dental arches
  • Lower the risk of dental trauma
  • Correct harmful habits
  • Improve a person’s appearance


Visit Your San Anselmo and San Rafael Orthodontist Today!

If you're looking for premium orthodontic care in San Anselmo, San Rafael, or the greater Marin County area, Haney Orthodontics is here to help. We've helped countless patients ranging from young children to busy adult professionals achieve gorgeous, healthy new smiles, and we'd be thrilled to do the same for you. Take the first step to giving your child the gift of a beautiful smile: request an appointment online today!