The orthodontists at our offices have the skills and the experience to enhance a smile at any age. However, for better results, there is an ideal time period to begin treatment.
Treatment during this period will ensure faster recovery and lesser expenses. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, initial orthodontic evaluation should happen at the first sign of an orthodontic problem or no later than age 7.
Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early age. After a thorough oral examination, your doctor can anticipate the right time to begin treatment.
More than just a pretty smile, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth!
Benefits of early orthodontic treatment
Early evaluation not only offers timely detection of orthodontic problems but also provides greater opportunity for more effective treatment and preventing serious orthodontic problems in the future.
Through a thorough evaluation, your orthodontist can monitor the patients' growth and development and begin the treatment when it is ideal.
Age 7 — The optimal age for screening
A child's first adult molars erupt by the age of 7, establishing their back bite. During this period, an orthodontist can thoroughly evaluate the relationship between the back-to-back and side-to-side teeth and check for the presence of erupting incisors. These erupting incisors can indicate overbite, openbite, gummy smiles, or crowding. Early screening can increase your chances to get a beautiful smile.
Advantages of interceptive treatment
• Preserving space for unerupted teeth
• Reducing the need for tooth removal
• Reducing treatment time with braces
• Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
• Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
• Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
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Orthodontic treatment not only improves your smile but also improves malocclusions or bad bites. Malocclusion is a result of jaw or tooth misalignment and it can affect your smile and the ability to chew. Cleaning your teeth can be a difficult chore if you have tooth or jaw misalignment.
Malocclusions should not be left untreated
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, malocclusions can cause a variety of problems if left untreated.
Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping
Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay or gum disease