The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age seven to evaluate if orthodontic treatment is necessary and when to begin treatment.
"Antelope Family Dentistry" offers early orthodontic treatment.
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the best results possible and the least amount of time and expenses. 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.
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.
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. If any potential orthodontic problem is detected our Orthodontist will start interceptive treatment.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Reducing treatment time with braces
Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
Reducing the need for tooth removal
Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
This early screening allows your doctor to recognize potential orthodontic problems early in order to manage them before they become a growing concern. Early treatment of certain orthodontic problems often results in shorter overall treatment time with the additional cost saving benefits.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment of specific orthodontic abnormalities has proven to be beneficial from an aesthetic perspective, treatment is often easier, the results occur sooner, and retention of the finished result may be more stable.