Kids Orthodontic Treatment in San Francisco
Early evaluation (ages 7 and older) provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent early treatment guides growth and development, preventing or reducing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Cucalon can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
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The best time to begin pediatric orthodontics
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment, ensuring the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment and give Dr. Cucalon the opportunity to review possible treatment plans and alternatives with families.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars have erupted, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Cucalon can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, overjets, open bite, crossbites, crowding, or gummy smiles. It is also a time when Dr. Cucalon can identify any congenitally missing permanent teeth. Timely screening gives you a chance to get your questions answered by Dr. Cucalon. He will help you plan for treatment if it is indicated, increasing the chances for an incredible smile.
The advantages of early pediatric orthodontic treatments
Some of the biggest advantages of early (interceptive) treatment.
- Creating room for crowded, erupting permanent teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth or slowing down future jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space and creating space for unerupted permanent teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces.
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What our patients say
Dr Cucalon and staff are fantastic. Appointments are quick and convenient. They are super flexible and accommodate weekend appointments as well. Have had two children in braces here and have had a great experience.
We have used Dr. Cucalon for braces all 3 of our children and even myself for Invisalign. Everyone in both offices are kind and gentle and we have been very happy with our results!
Dr. Cucalon and staff are incredibly patient and understanding when it comes to working with kids. We used another orthodontist with our older child and were referred to Dr. Cucalon for our younger child. We couldn’t be happier wIth the switch!
Both my son and daughter had their orthodontic work done at Dr Cucalon. This is a very straight-forward experience. Pricing is clear. Expectations are discussed right from the beginning. No surprises. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Everyone in the office is top notch! Absolutely check them out!
My son has been seeing Dr. Cucalon for his braces. His braces were done in two phases so I think we’ve been seeing Dr. Cucalon for about 4 years now. Work is top notch. Staff is very friendly. They also try to fit you in ASAP if there’s an emergency. My son had two incidents where the wire popped out (his fault, not the staff’s) and I was able to get an appointment the next business day.
Cucalon Orthodontics is first class all the way. It has been our experience with all four of our children to be professionally taken care of with a super friendly staff. The office is innovative and efficient. Dr. Cucalon and his staff are cutting edge. All four of our kids have beautiful smiles thanks to Cucalon Orthodontics.
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