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Contrary to popular belief, a child's first trip to the orthodontist should happen between ages 5-7. Dr. Monica Madan and Dr Erin Cohen of Beverly Hills Orthodontics say the Well-child Orthodontic visit can avoid the need for surgery and sometimes even braces, if certain skeletal issues are discovered early. They urge parents to look for signs of an under bite early because once a child hits adolescence, it cannot be corrected without jaw surgery.

The last patient shown in the video story did have jaw surgery in addition to braces.   While the results are remarkable, Dr's Madan and Cohen say when it's possible to avoid surgery, that's ideal.

Orthodontic treatment in Southern California ranges from $3000-$8000.   Dental Insurance often covers a significant portion of that.

For more on Dr. Erin Cohen and Dr. Monica Madan go to: http://beverlyhillsortho.com/ 

For tips on choosing an orthodontist near you check out The American Board of Orthodontics website at: www.americanboardortho.com

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