Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Advantages of Early Orthodontics

An orthodontist can improve a smile at any age. However, there is a specific timeframe which is recommended. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the first orthodontic appointment should be around age 7. This is the average age of the eruption of the upper permanent front teeth. At this age, orthodontic services may be recommended and examination can predict the best route to caring for your child's teeth.

You may ask yourself what are the benefits of doing this at such a young age? Early evaluation not only provides detection of problems, but also greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early treatment can also be known as interceptive treatment or even Phase 1 treatment. Some of the most common results of phase 1 treatment are crowded teeth, erupting teeth, creating facial symmetry with jaw growth, reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, and making space for new teeth to come in. Not everyone needs phase 1 treatments.  Reducing the need for tooth removal is another advantage of early orthodontics. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering orthodontics for your child.
-       Do your child’s front teeth stick out too far?
-       Do your child’s front teeth cover the lower too much?
-       When your child’s back teeth touch can they stick their tongue in between the front teeth?
-       Is there too little or too much room for your child’s teeth?

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