Early Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there  is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time  ensures 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.

What are the benefits of an early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater  opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth  and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic  intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and  development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

 By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back  bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and  side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors  can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely  screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

 Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of  the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions).  Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions  affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists,  untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are  more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay  and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental  chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.  Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.  Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a  healthier you.

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