When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
There is often a perfect time to begin treatment; when the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense occurs. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that time is at the first sign of orthodontic problems or by age 7. At this early age, treatment may not be necessary, but early checks can help choose the best time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
This allows us to see potential problems before they become big issues. By guiding growth and development, we can prevent serious problems later.
Why is age 7 considered the best 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. Early monitoring increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive 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
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing 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 bad 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 bites can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are harder brush and floss, resulting in tooth decay gingivitis.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in abnormal 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.