What are some advantages of
When is the best time to begin treatment?
- Moving the front teeth back makes them less prone to injury
- Improves the bite and fixes jaw problems early, allowing for healthier growth and development
- Uses the child's growth potential to achieve a more favorable treatment result
- Improves facial appearance and self-esteem
- Takes advantage of the good cooperation of younger patients
- Correcting problems early can prevent or reduce the need for more difficult and uncomfortable treatment later.
Beginning a corrective program too soon for children can create "tired" patients who lose the necessary motivation to cooperate. Yet starting too late can create its own set of troubles, including the need for permanent tooth extractions that might have been avoided with earlier intervention.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the only orthodontic association fully recognized by the American Dental Association, and the only organization that represents full trained certified orthodontic specialists, recommends that children should visit an orthodontist for the first time at age seven. This early intervention allows us to determine how and when a child's individual problem should be treated to achieve an ideal improvement in the shortest period of time, and with the least expense.
Naturally, the majority of children require no treatment at age seven, but, for some, limited interceptive treatment can help prevent more serious problems as they get older. Uncorrected orthodontic problems can affect young people in many ways, including their self-esteem, speech and even general health. Thus, if your family dentist notices a problem, or if you, the parent, are concerned about something regarding your child's teeth, have an orthodontist help with an evaluation, and do it as early as possible. The benefits of an early evaluation could make orthodontic treatment easier, especially on the patient.
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