At Little Smiles we works hand-in-hand with our patients to create a straightforward, intelligent treatment plan that will improve your teeth, smile and sense of well-being.
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. .
What are the benefits of early evaluation?
Early evaluation provides timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, growth and development can be monitor carefully and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Effect of habits on teeth
Tounge Thrust, Thumb Suking, Pacifier, Early lost of primary teeth and Mouth breathing can cause malocclusion. Early diagnosis and intervention could prevent permanent unwanted facial and dental changes.
Why age 7?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, it can be evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite or crowding. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.