Am I too Young?
You may be questioning why friends or family members have taken their young children to see the orthodontist. By recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists an orthodontic evaluation should be completed around age 7. For most children orthodontic treatment will not be needed this early however for some early treatment is crucial. Early examinations allow the doctor to evaluate a child's teeth, bone structure and growth. Many potential growth problems are detectable at age 7 and developing bite concerns can be addressed.
Early treatment is suggested for the following reasons:
- Influence jaw growth in a positive manner
- Improve tooth eruption patterns
- Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors
- Correct damaging oral habits
- Improve aesthetics & self-esteem
- Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
- Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Improve some speech problems
- Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
- Harmonize widths of the dental arches.
Patients not ready for treatment will be monitored yearly or bi-yearly for changes and allow us to catch developing problems.