Early Treatment

What age is appropriate to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can improve your smile at any age, there is a prime period in your life to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time needed for treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should take place at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but thorough examination can predict when treatment will become necessary.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic consultation?

Early consultation provides both timely detection of problems and the most effective treatment. It guides growth and development, preventing serious problems in your adult life. When treatment is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

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Why is age 7 considered the longest a child should wait for an evaluation?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars appear, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth alignment and determine problems such as possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are: 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.Creating room for crowded teeth. Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.

How do I know If I need orthodontic treatment?

Malocclusions (bad bite) occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile. If you have any of these issues, you may need treatment.

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