Pediatric dentists are able to identify orthodontic problems even in the baby teeth and this is often the appropriate time to deal with orthodontic issues. At Discovery Kids Dental we can identify problems with your child’s teeth at an early age. Early assessment provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Sensible intervention guides growth and development, preventing possible serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary immediately Dr Haman can monitor growth and development and begin treatment if it becomes necessary.
When should you begin orthodontics treatments?
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any time but there is an ideal time period to begin treatment. Children coming to our practice before age 7 will be diagnosed every time they come in for an appointment. We will start dealing with any issues when they are diagnosed. Beginning treatment at the age of 7 can bring about the best results and the least amount of time and 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 age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but watchful examination can predict the best time to begin treatment.
The benefits of early orthodontic evaluation.
Early evaluation provides both appropriate detection of problems and greater time for more effective treatment. Careful intervention guides growth and development, preventing problems later. When orthodontic treatment is not necessary by carefully monitoring growth and development treatment can begin at the proper time.
Why is age 7 considered the most advantageous time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars have erupted, establishing the back bite. During this time, an individual trained in orthodontics can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For instance, the existence of erupting incisors can indicate possible crowding, overbite, open bite or gummy smiles. Well-timed screening increases the chances for a perfect smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?