Complementary program for children ages 7-12
From the time your child loses their first tooth, their teeth and jaw will go through many changes. For this reason, we know how important it is to monitor these changes. Your child’s teeth may appear to be straight. However, as they lose teeth and new teeth come in problems can develop that only an orthodontist can detect.
The Orthodontic Wellness Program, or “OWLS” program, at McDonough Orthodontics consists of regular complimentary visits for our young patients. Our OWLS program is the beginning of a healthy, beautiful and lifelong smile.
“WHOO” CAN PARTICIPATE?
OWLS patients are anyone ages 7-12 who are transitioning from baby teeth to adult teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7. Seeing a child by age 7 gives us the best chance of catching problems early. Not to mention, this will also help prevent problems that may have a negative impact on a growing face and smile.
WHAT PROBLEMS ARE BEST CAUGHT EARLY?
- Missing teeth
- Extra teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Finger or thumb habits
- Skeletal growth problems
- Unusual tooth eruption patterns
- Facial asymmetry
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE OWLS PROGRAM?
The OWLS program provides education and resources for parents. Also parents get any questions answered about “normal” growth patterns and dental changes regarding their child. Our young patients who participate in the OWLS program become comfortable with our office and have a relationship with us long before they may need braces. The parents of our OWLS patients can feel confident that their child’s facial and dental development is being monitored by specialists.
MY CHILD IS SEEING A DENTIST,
DO THEY NEED TO SEE AN ORTHODONTIST TOO?
This is a very common question. Dentists look at the health of the teeth individually. Orthodontists look at the pattern of transition of all of the teeth. Equally important, we monitor the development of the jaw and the growth of the face. Having an orthodontic specialist monitoring your child’s growth allows for minimal intervention if and when needed. This can save thousands of dollars, time in braces, and prevent uncomfortable procedures in the future.
HOW DO I GET MY CHILD STARTED
It’s easy! Contact us at McDonough Orthodontics and we will schedule your child’s first visit.
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. David McDonough