Early Orthodontic Treatment

When is the Ideal Time to Begin Orthodontic Care?

While orthodontic treatment can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal window for initiating treatment that yields the best outcomes with the least time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists advises that the initial orthodontic evaluation should take place when the first signs of orthodontic issues become apparent or no later than the age of 7. At this early stage, orthodontic intervention may not be necessary, but a thorough examination can identify the most advantageous timing for treatment.

What Are the Advantages of Early Orthodontic Assessment?

Early evaluation offers both early problem detection and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Timely intervention can influence the growth and development of the teeth and jaws, preventing more serious issues down the road. When immediate orthodontic intervention isn’t required, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and commence treatment when it’s most beneficial.

Why Is Age 7 Considered the Optimal Time for Evaluation?

Around the age of 7, the first adult molars emerge, forming the back bite. During this phase, an orthodontist can assess the alignment of teeth from front to back and side to side. For instance, the appearance of erupting incisors can indicate potential overbite, open bite, crowding, or excessive gum exposure. Early screening at this stage enhances the chances of achieving a beautiful smile.

What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment? Some of the direct advantages of early orthodontic treatment include: 

  • Creating space for overcrowded, emerging teeth.
  • Enhancing facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth.
  • Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth.
  • Maintaining space for teeth that have not yet erupted.
  • Minimizing the need for tooth extraction.
  • Shortening the duration of braces treatment.
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Are You a Suitable Candidate for Orthodontic Care?

Orthodontics serves a purpose beyond enhancing smile aesthetics; it corrects malocclusions, which result from misalignments of teeth or jaws. Malocclusions impact your ability to smile, chew, clean your teeth, and your overall satisfaction with your smile.

Why Address Malocclusions?

According to research by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can lead to several issues:

  • Crowded teeth are harder to clean thoroughly, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more prone to accidental damage.
  • Crossbites can influence unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontic treatment goes beyond aesthetics; it promotes overall oral health and well-being.