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Early Treatment

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Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment is the best way to ensure that your child’s smile will develop to be as perfect as he or she is. Problems with the jaw and teeth can develop early, and some symptoms of that include crowding of the teeth, protruding teeth, underbite and early or late loss of baby teeth. 

For most kids, all of their baby teeth are gone by age 13, and by high school the jaw has hardened and stopped growing. At this point orthodontic care can take much longer than earlier on in a child’s development. If you see any of these dental issues developing, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to see if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child. 

Early Treatment FAQs

While orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, there is definitely a recommended time to begin your treatment. Starting at an early age ensures the best possible result with the least amount of cost and expense. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) has recommended that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of a problem, usually between ages 7 and 8. At such an early stage of development, treatment may not even be necessary, but being vigilant from an early age can ensure a beautiful, healthy smile for your child's future.
By evaluating potential problems early in a child’s development, you create a greater opportunity for effective treatment. Vigilance and early intervention will help guide healthy dental growth and development. Early orthodontic care can help to prevent serious problems down the road. Even if early orthodontic treatment isn’t necessary in your child's case, Dr. Damon can still monitor your child’s development and call for treatment whenever it may be necessary.
As early as age 7, a child’s first adult molars have begun to come through, establishing the position of the backbite. It’s at this time that an orthodontist can begin to assess the relationships between the child’s teeth. Early, vigilant screening decreases the chance of future problems developing.
There are numerous advantages to starting orthodontic treatment early in a child’s development. Some of these advantages include making room for crowded teeth that are just beginning to erupt, influencing jaw growth to ensure facial symmetry, leaving space for teeth that have yet to erupt and reducing the risk of facial trauma due to protruding front teeth. Early treatment with braces can also be more efficient and less time consuming than adult treatment.
There is more to orthodontics than just improving the smile. Orthodontic treatment also improves bad bites, which can lead to larger medical problems later in life. A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, which can occur as a result of misalignment in the teeth or jaw. These malocclusions can have a negative effect on not only smile, but the way you chew, your ability to clean your teeth, and your overall self esteem.
The AAO states that untreated orthodontic issues like malocclusions can result in a litany of other health problems. With crowded teeth, teeth cleaning and maintenance efficiency can drop, and you may not be able to floss effectively. This can contribute to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. With protruding teeth, you’re more prone to accidental chipping. From speech impediments to tooth wear, malocclusions need to be handled quickly, the earlier the better.