Early Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment?

The initial orthodontic evaluation of your child should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Both the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend this as although orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Commencing treatment at the optimal time ensures the most desirable result with the least amount of time and expense.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Generally, early visits to the orthodontist allows timely detection of problems, provides more time to plan an appropriate treatment schedule, and may also provide a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention when required aims to guide growth and development and may prevent more complicated problems from developing in the future. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, growth and development can be carefully monitored with plans to begin treatment at the optimum time. Some of the other more direct advantages of early orthodontic intervention 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 the required time in braces

What does orthodontic treatment do?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should orthodontic treatment be facilitated?

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 also 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.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile — it also aims to create a healthier you!