Treatment for Children
When Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Exam?
Although orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, for every child there is an optimum time to begin treatment.
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time to begin treatment for every individual. Beginning treatment at the best time ensures the best result, the least amount of time in braces and can minimize expense. 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. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Why is Age 7 Considered the Optimal 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. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Are there Advantages to 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; reducing the need for tooth removal; and reducing treatment time with braces.
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