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The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are seen by an orthodontist for an exam at the age of 7 years. Treatment may not be required immediately or recommended at all, but Drs. Samra and Vincelette can discover preliminary information about jaw development and tooth size discrepancies. This exam can provide parents with proactive plans to reduce the amount of treatment needed at a later date and/or provide a forecast of potential future treatment.
If treatment is recommended the next step is to have diagnostic records taken of you or your child. Diagnostic records are performed in-office (you are not referred to a separate clinic).
The records include:
- a panoramic film - demonstrates a view of the entire dentition including unerupted teeth, upper and lower jaws, all in one picture
- a lateral cephalogram or head film - illustrates the relationship between the jaws in the vertical and anteroposterior planes of space
- facial and dental photographs
- a digital scan of the upper and lower teeth as well as bite registration
We work with teens all the time and have a range of treatments to fit their unique needs.