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Orthodontics for Children

When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?

dentist 2Although orthodontic treatment can be done at any age , there is an optimal time period for beginning the process. Both the American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists officially recommend that the first orthodontic evaluation should be carried out at age 7, which is the age during which many orthodontic problems become evident. At this early age, orthodontic treatment might not be necessary but for particular problems, if treatment is initiated early, it ensures the best results with reduced treatment complexity in the future. In some cases, the need for braces might be eliminated all together.

What benefits does early orthodontic evaluation offer?

An early evaluation allows for many problems to be recognized and treated more effectively and efficiently. Early intervention can improve the dental-skeletal growth and development, and most importantly prevent serious problems later on. Every child is unique, therefore, treatment approaches are customized. If orthodontic intervention is not necessary, your child’s dental development is carefully monitored by our orthodontist and treatment initiated only at a time when it is necessary.

Why is age 7 the best time for screening?

The first adult molars erupt by age 7, which establishes the back bite. It’s during this time that an orthodontist can perform an effective evaluation of side-to-side and front-to-back tooth relationships. For example, if there’s any erupting incisors it could indicate an overbite, crowding, open bite or gummy smile. When screening is carried out in a timely manner, the overall chances of having an amazing smile are increased significantly.

What advantages does interceptive treatment offer?

Here’s a selection of the most commonly noticed direct results:

  • Reduced treatment time with braces
  • Reduced requirement for tooth removal
  • Increased space for unerupted teeth
  • Lowered risk of trauma to front teeth (if they’re protruding)
  • Increased facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Increasing room for crowded, erupting teeth

What’s the use in treating malocclusions?

Multiple studies have been carried out by the American Association of Orthodontists, which found that when malocclusions go untreated it can lead to a variety of orthodontic issues. These include:

  • Openbites, resulting in possible speech impediments and tongue-thrusting habits
  • Crossbites, which can lead to uneven tooth wear and unfavorable tooth growth
  • Protruding teeth, which are more likely to get damaged by accidental chipping
  • Crowded teeth, which can cause difficulty in properly flossing and brushing the teeth, resulting in possible gum disease or tooth deca

Orthodontic treatment is very helpful for maintaining harmony in your jaws and mouth. Once you’re able to properly bite together, you’ll be able to eat far more comfortably and take proper care of your gums and teeth. Even treatment isn’t aimed at fixing an oral health issue, the enhancement to facial aesthetics is significant. At the end of the day, orthodontics is a very effective way to not only create a healthier smile, but also a healthier you.