What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and offers a better opportunity for more effective treatment. Early treatment is centered around guiding growth and development, and preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and dental development to determine if and when treatment is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars are present, these teeth establish the bite of back teeth. Additionally, many of the front teeth, incisors, will be present as well. The combination of these teeth can provide the orthodontist with valuable information to determine the front to back relationships of back teeth as well other common orthodontic problems, overbite, protruding teeth, crowding, and open bite. Moreover, kids often have habits, such as thumb sucking, at this age. If these habits are allowed to continue into teenage years, significant growth disruptions can occur.
Goals of Early Treatment
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Will my child need treatment after?
Typically, early treatment is centered around correcting significant orthodontic problems. The purpose of early treatment is not to prevent needing orthodontic treatment in teenage years, but to provide a stable healthy base from which facial growth can continue in harmony. Some patients may still need minor alignment changes once all the permanent teeth fully erupt.