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Early Treatment

“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.”

Orthodontic treatment has the ability to enhance a smile at any stage in life, however, the earlier the better. We strongly agree with early treatment screening, as it allows us to diagnose potential problems and discuss corrections before they become more serious issues. Having orthodontic evaluation at the impressionable age of 7 can save you and your child a lot of trouble in the future. It can also possibly create quicker and more cost-effective solutions for the healthiest smile.

Why is age 7 considered the best time for early screening?

The first adult molars typically erupt by the young age of 7, which establishes the back bite. This allows orthodontic evaluation of the tooth relationships/placement. Appropriately scheduling an early screening can exponentially increase the chances for the best possible smile.

Why start at such a young age?

Early Interceptive Orthodontic treatment plays a huge role in the future of your child’s oral health. At this young age, the permanent teeth are still developing and impressionable. This helps evaluate tooth placement and plan accordingly, addressing any potential problems in their early stages.

Get Ahead with Orthodontic Treatment

Several direct results of early interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded teeth
  • Preserving room for undeveloped teeth
  • Reducing treatment time
  • Reducing the possibility of tooth removal
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding teeth
  • Overall facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth

Is Early Orthodontics right for your child?

Although orthodontics is commonly used for smile aesthetics, orthodontic treatment can also improve malocclusions (otherwise known as bad bites). Malocclusions are a direct a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. This can create difficulty brushing and flossing teeth, uneven smiles, and even negatively impact eating habits. Other reasons why your child may be a candidate for early treatment may be (but are not limited to) crowding, open bite, overbite, and gummy smiles. All of these problems cause further complications and dental inconveniences later on in life. These can often be identified and we can help you plan accordingly, choosing the most ideal timeframe to start your child in orthodontics. Orthodontics does more than create a beautiful smile- it builds a healthier you.

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