What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. When needed, Interceptive orthodontic treatment guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When early intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
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 greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. 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. Our office provides a complimentary consultation and we monitor young individuals periodically to evaluate their needs.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite, and incisors (front teeth) begin to erupt. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. The presence of an overbite, an open bite or crowding (insufficient space for teeth to erupt or align properly) can be evaluated at this time. Early screening increases the chances for an incredible smile in the future and can prevent some orthodontic problems from occurring.