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Ensure that your child is ahead of the curve with his or her smile when you rely on early orthodontic treatment from Mary Cay Koen Orthodontics in Goodlettsville, TN. It’s important to stay on top of your child’s orthodontic treatment, as starting treatment at a young age can result in more affordable care and shorter treatment times.
What is the Right Age to Begin Early Orthodontic Treatment?The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an initial orthodontic examination by age 7, or even earlier if you or your dentist notices a problem. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Since no two patients are alike, there is no best speciﬁc age at which to begin treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment by an orthodontic specialist will determine the best timing and may prevent more serious problems from developing.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?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. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Early orthodontic treatment and timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for moderately 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
- Catching such issues as impacted, missing or extra permanent teeth early
Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic treatment?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 and affect the way you smile, chew, and clean your teeth, as well as the way you feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?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 more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in excessive wear and force on the posterior teeth, which can lead to cracked or broken teeth in middle adult years.