When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
At Kemnitz Orthodontics, we can enhance a smile at any age, but there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment early can assure the best possible result. 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 best time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. If early orthodontic intervention is not necessary, we can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment at the ideal time.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt and the incisors are beginning to erupt. During this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. This allows us to evaluate issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, and crowding. 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
- Improving facial balance by influencing jaw growth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing the length of future braces treatment