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 the proper time ensures the best results 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 a thorough examination can identify problems that can be easily addressed now and make future treatment easier and less involved.
There is a difference between treatment that is effective and treatment that is efficient. Efficient treatment means that the proper treatment is done at the proper time and that we can achieve the best results as quickly as possible. However, we understand that even though early, two-phase treatment might not be as efficient as one phase later on, it can be very beneficial in terms of raising a patient’s self-esteem in a crucial period of development. Therefore, our office believes that anytime can be the right time for treatment if it would help your child feel better about themselves and increase their quality of life.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective and efficient treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or a gummy smile. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth and feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease or both
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
- Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
To learn more and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brenna Christensen , our orthodontist in Kennesaw, Georgia, please contact West Cobb Orthodontics at 678-401-4321 today!