Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. 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 seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
By the age of seven, 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.
In order to make these appointments for our young patients more fun, we’ve created our 7&Up Club, a special program designed with their age group in mind. Imagine earning points for being a great patient and having a great smile! With Thomas and Leitner Orthodontics, you get to join a membership club of lucky users who earn points for doing all kinds of awesome things. And the best part is that you get to use your points to play games, order gift cards and more!
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Quick intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development, and then begin treatment as required.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment can also improve 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. Straight teeth are easier to clean and care for, resulting in a healthier smile long-term
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.
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