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Early Preventive Orthodontic Treatment for Your Children in Brookline, MA

The best time to take your child for their first orthodontic exam is when they are age 7. This, according to the American Orthodontic Association, is the ideal time because your child may be losing baby teeth at this age while adult teeth are beginning to appear.

Early interceptive orthodontic dental care is actually preventive care. Our intention is to prevent malocclusion (crooked teeth and bad bite) from developing. The goal is to allow the permanent teeth to erupt as close as possible to their ideal postition.

Early care can prevent potential problems that, left untreated, could lead to more serious dental problems later. We can eliminate the cause or control space, thus allowing the permanent teeth to erupt as close as possible to their ideal positions. This early intervention can reduce the length of future orthodontic treatment and sometimes make additional orthodontic treatment unnecessary in the future. 

Examples of early interceptive treatment include: 

  • Correcting thumb-sucking habits
  • Guiding permanent teeth into desired bite positions
  • Gaining space for permanent teeth
  • Space maintainer to control/hold space after early loss of a baby tooth
  • Correction of crossbites
  • Correction of underbites 

Interceptive orthodontic treatment can take place when patients have a combination of baby teeth and permanent teeth erupting. Some children need more than one phase of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Some children can avoid braces entirely with early interceptive care. Orthodontist Dr. Lisann will be happy to explain your child's condition and, if necessary, any treatment options.  

When you need exceptional teeth straightening you can trust, call Beacon Orthodontic Associates at 617.738.4746 (GRIN). For your convenience, use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your dental braces consultation or if you have questions about the cost of braces for kids. We serve the communities of Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Newton, West Roxbury, and all of the greater Boston Area. Contact us if you’re searching for an “orthodontist near me.”

Our Services

Early Interceptive

Early interceptive orthodontic care is actually preventive care. Our intention is to prevent crooked teeth and a bad bite from developing.


Teen Orthodontics

Orthodontic teeth straightening technology has improved dramatically in recent years and you don’t have to wear unattractive metal braces in order to straighten your smile.


Adult Orthodontics

Even if you are in your 50s, 60s or older, it’s not too late to straighten your teeth and give yourself the smile you’ve always dreamed about.



In many cases, Damon®Smile braces reduce both total treatment time and the number of adjustments and office visits needed.

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit snugly over teeth and slowly move the teeth into their correct positions, just like braces.