Team Demas Orthodontics - July 2018

(860) 276-0333 | www.teamdemas.com

3 YEARS, 2 NEW PROGRAMS, 1 TEAM

It’s been three years since Team Demas came to Southington, and we couldn’t be happier to be right where we are. When Team Demas Orthodontics made the decision to move to one location, we knew we were making a choice not just to focus on our patients, but to join a great community. Most of our patients live in our neighborhood, and that gives our office the community feel that we were looking for. Each year that we’ve been here, we’ve found ways to support and give back to the place we call home to further the positive impact that orthodontic care has on a person’s confidence. This year, we’re making that happen with two new programs geared toward our community’s young people. Firstly, we’ve established a local chapter of Smile for a Lifetime, an organization that brings orthodontic care to children with financial challenges and special situations. We are also opening our free Kids Club program to encourage parents to get their kids in at the right age to screen for orthodontic issues. Because I’m trained in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, I can find when the time is right for your child’s orthodontic treatment — not too early, not too late, but right on time. Whether it’s braces or Invisalign, we’ll figure out the ideal treatments for you and your child. "Some patients may never need it. But for others, early intervention can be the difference between problematic teeth and catching the issue early." Though our Kids Club is called 7Up, it’s not soda we’re talking about — the name refers to the key age in dental development. Why 7? The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that every child should have their first orthodontic screening at age 7. At this age, a child’s permanent first molars and several front teeth begin to erupt. For parents, it can seem puzzling that we’d start monitoring for orthodontic issues that early. “My dentist hasn’t referred my child to an orthodontist. Why would they need to get their teeth checked by one?” a parent might think. It’s true that the timing of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient. Some won’t need orthodontic care until adolescence. Some patients may never need it. But for others, early intervention can be the difference between problematic teeth and

catching the issue early. Early monitoring can help us determine if and when the time is right for your child to have orthodontic care. At age 7, we can detect the development of impacted teeth with our special radiograph. It can give an in-depth evaluation of a child’s dental eruption and bite, evaluate the jaw, and determine if there’s any need for early evaluation. Most young patients don’t actually need to begin treatment at this early age. Instead, we enroll them in our Kids Club. After they see me for an initial evaluation, they get to return periodically so our team can monitor their progress and determine the ideal time for any necessary orthodontic treatment. The best part? These easy and fun visits are free. You can give our office a call or stop by if you’d like to learn more about the Kids Club 7Up program. Oh, and there’s more on the inside about Smile for a Lifetime and how you can connect us with children in need.

Thank you for being part of this community for the last three years. We’re so grateful we get to bring more smiles to Southington!

—Dr. Demas

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