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When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
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 thistime, the bones and muscles are growing rapidly.this is when the doctor can influence their growth to create the best bite. Things can be accomplished now that can,t easily be done later-or can,t be done as well.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
- Minimizing future surgery.
- Improving the results of second phase of treatment.
- Creating room for crowded,erupting teeth.
- Guide jaw growth.
- Lower risk of trauma to protruded front teeth.
- Eliminate bad habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting .
- Minimizing removal of permanent teeth.
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 gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
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 or 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 and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up
with an orthodontic specialist
no later than age 7.
Information provided by the American Association of Orthodontists.