One of the most common questions asked of Orthodontists by parents, patients and even dentists is “When should a patient first visit the orthodontist?”
The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists join in the suggestion that patients first visit the orthodontist at age 7. We agree but many are hesitant to visit for fear of starting “too early”.
Dr. Grob shares this concern and has devoted several years researching, publishing and practicing the Treatment by Twelve’s philosophy. For simplicity, the philosophy places patients into 3 groups based on the tooth eruption chart shown below. SO JUST COUNT THE TEETH!
This philosophy is based on the research of noted orthodontic educators Gianelly, Proffit and others.
The FIRST TWELVE PERMANENT TEETH erupt between the ages of 6 and 9
The NEXT TWELVE PERMANENT TEETH usually appear between ages 10 and 14
The FOUR TWELVE YEAR MOLARS are fully in place by about age 15 and beyond