Our team at Carvalho & Roth knows that having straight teeth and a beautiful smile can boost anyone’s confidence. Orthodontic care is a great option for patients at any age, but it can be especially beneficial when started when children are young. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an evaluation by age seven, or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. By doing so, your orthodontist can provide the best results in a shorter amount of time – and with less expense for parents.
Benefits of an Early Evaluation
An early evaluation allows an orthodontist to detect potential problems, providing better opportunities for effective treatment. While braces may not be immediately required, an orthodontist can monitor a child’s oral growth and development, providing a prognosis and preparing for treatment as soon as it is required.
Age Seven: The Ideal Age
Permanent teeth begin erupting around age seven for most children, making orthodontic problems more apparent. At this age, an orthodontist can evaluate the relationships between teeth and take advantage of the still-growing jawbones that are easier to work with than those in adults.
Conditions Requiring Early Treatment
Interceptive treatment helps to prevent common problems before they happen. With early treatment, there are many conditions that can be handled before they become more difficult to treat later in life, including the following:
- Open bites
- Cross bites
- Missing teeth
These conditions, when left un-treated, can result in a wide range of issues for children, including speech impediments, accidental chipping, tooth decay and even uneven tooth wear.
Positive Results From Early Intervention
When orthodontic treatment is started at a young age, there are many results that can significantly reduce the need for further treatment. Some of those results include:
- More space for emerging teeth
- Improved facial symmetry
- Preserved space for un-erupted teeth
Many parents have seen the physical benefits of early orthodontic care as well as the financial rewards gained by planning ahead.
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Contact Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics to set up an appointment for a free first-time orthodontic evaluation. Don’t miss an opportunity to save time and money down the road, get your child in to see our doctors today!