When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an Orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optional time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a thorough examination can determine the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing 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 bite of the back teeth. During this time, and 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, crossbites or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chance for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of Phase one or Early treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are: creating room for crowded, erupting teeth, creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth, reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserving space for unerupted (teeth that have not yet come into the mouth) teeth, reducing the need for tooth removal, and reducing treatment time with braces. Openbites and underbites are sometimes very difficult to correct. It is sometimes important to take advantage of orthodontic treatment before growth is complete.
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment can help achieve dental, facial and skeletal harmony. Malocclusions (bad bites) may occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth and feel about your smile. Our mission is to help you feel great about your smile!
Why should malocclusion 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 or even being knocked out. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.