Our orthodontists and team are excited to provide treatment to patients of all ages. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child have their first appointment with us no later than age seven or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. This will allow us to check for any bite problems or jaw issues. In dental terms, malocclusion issues or potential malocclusion issues early on. Beginning treatment early ensures the best result and the least amount of time and expense. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but attentive and careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment through monitoring of growth and development by our doctors over time.
Why age 7?
By the age of seven, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, our doctors can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, underbite, open bite and crowding. Monitoring the development of children’s jaw bones and tooth development is powerful when started early.
Here are some of the many advantages of Early Treatment:
• Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to promote facial symmetry
• Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
• Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
• Create more space for crowding and erupting teeth
• Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
• Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
• Reduce treatment time in full appliances
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in various problems. Crowded teeth are difficult to properly brush and floss, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are prone to accidental chipping. Additionally, open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.