Early orthodontic treatment can happen as early as age 7— an age when issues with a child’s teeth and jaws often make an appearance. Whether it is an under bite, crowding, protruding teeth or early/late loss of baby teeth, early intervention could be the best option before the jaw has finished growing. By correcting these issues at an early age, we can limit the amount of orthodontic treatment needed in future.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should we begin orthodontic treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of a problem or around the age of 7.
What are the benefits of beginning early?
Simply put, beginning treatment early allows for both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development in order to prevent serious problems later.
Why so young?
When a child’s first adult molars are in place, we are able to establish the position of the back bite, thus allowing us to evaluate the positioning of the rest of the teeth.
What are the advantages of early treatment?
Making room for erupting teeth, creating facial symmetry, influencing jaw growth, and reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth are just some of the benefits of early treatment. By addressing these issues early, it reduces the amount of time and money needed to correct the same problems at a later age.
Is my child a candidate for early treatment?
Orthodontics is about more than just a smile. It is about overall dental health. If your child is experiencing a poor bite or any of the other issues mentioned above, an orthodontic consultation could be of benefit. Don’t forget, we offer free consultations, so you can get the facts, worry-free. Contact us now to set up a time to meet.