When is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontics?
Though there is no bad time to see an orthodontist, there is an optimal time period to seek out options and begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic visit and evaluation should occur at the first sign of any orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the optimal result and the least amount of time, hassle, and expense. Though orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early age, a thorough examination can detect and early issues and determine the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Why Early Orthodontic Evaluation?
The benefits of early evaluation are many. Timely detection of problems, greater opportunity for more effective treatment, and a possible reduction in costs are the most important reasons to schedule an early evaluation. Serious problems can also be prevented by scheduling a visit with an orthodontist by age 7. If orthodontic treatment is not necessary after an early evaluation, the patient can be monitored on a regular basis to ensure the proper time to begin any needed treatment.
Why is Age 7 Considered the Optimal Time for Screening?
The first adult molars usually erupt around the age of 7, establishing the back bite. Once the back bite is established, an orthodontist can effectively evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate a potential overbite, possible open bite, and crowding or gummy smiles. Timely and early screening increases the chances for a beautiful smile.
What are the Advantages of Interceptive Treatment?
- Create room for crowded and erupting teeth
- Preserve space for unerupted teeth
- Create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
- Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Reduce the need for tooth removal
- Reduce treatment time and cost with braces
Are You a Potential Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?
Though no one really wants to have braces, most people can benefit from them. Orthodontics is not only for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment also improves bad bites (malocclusions). These malocclusions occur as a result of jaw or tooth misalignment. Malocclusions not only affect the way you smile, they also affect the way you chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile. For a confident and beautiful smile, orthodontics is the best option.
Why Should Malocclusions be Treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of different problems. Crowded teeth make it more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may prevent someone from doing these important teaks on a regular basis. Infrequent brushing and flossing directly contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Crossbites can result in uneven tooth wear and unfavorable growth. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Openbites can result in speech impediments. All of these conditions can make someone hide their smile, but everyone should be proud of their smile. Smiling is good for you! Orthodontics not only improves your smile, it helps you become healthier and more confident!