Early Treatment

Braces_Girl_2.jpgThough an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. 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 careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at the right time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.

An Early Orthodontic Evaluation Has Its Benefits

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 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.

Some Of The Direct Results From Preventative 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

Why Should Malocclusions (Bad Bite) 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. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. In addition, having a correct bite affects facial balance and beauty, because the balance of the lips to the nose and chin is influenced by the position of the teeth. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier and more attractive you.

Is your child ready for early orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions), prevents harder to manage oral problems from occurring later in life, improves the function of the teeth, gums, and jaw, and improves facial esthetics. To determine the right time for your child to begin orthodontic treatment, contact our office today to reserve an appointment for a complimentary evaluation.

We specialize in orthodontic treatment and care, including braces, Invisalign® and retainers. Our offices are conveniently located in the Arboretum area of Charlotte, and Wesley Chapel, North Carolina. Helping patients in the surrounding communities of Union County, North Carolina.