Early Treatment

Getting Ahead of the Curve

Though orthodontics can enhance a smile at any age, the American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children be evaluated by the age of 7. At that age, we can advise you of any functional orthodontic problem and determine if treatment will be needed as well as the best time for treatment. If waiting for treatment is recommended, we’ll see your child once or twice a year to monitor their growth and assess their needs.


FAQS

Common Questions We Get Asked

What are the benefits of an early orthodontic evaluation?

An early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development to help prevent 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:

  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creates facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserves space for un-erupted teeth
  • Reduces the need for tooth removal
  • Reduces 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 improper 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
  • Cross bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
  • Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you!