When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur no later than age 7. It may not be the right time to start treatment, but an examination can help predict the optimal time to begin treatment.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time, Dr. VanderWall can evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationship and see if any early treatment would be beneficial.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Two benefits of early evaluation are the detection of problems and the opportunity for more effective treatment. Careful intervention can guide the growth and development of teeth and jaws to help prevent future problems. If early intervention is not needed, then Dr. VanderWall can monitor the growth and development in order to begin treatment when the time is right.
What are the advantages of early treatment?
Some of the most direct results of early 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