Early Orthodontic Treatment Can Save Smiles
An early orthodontic evaluation can detect little problems and provide an opportunity for more effective treatment. Orthodontic intervention guides proper growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Even when orthodontic intervention is unnecessary, Dr. Bader can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when the timing is ideal.
Why is Age 7 Considered the Optimal Time for Orthodontic Screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Bader 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 a gummy smile. Screening at about age 7 increases the chances for your child to have an incredible smile.
Should Malocclusions Be Treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions (misaligned teeth) 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 patient who needs far less dental work throughout their life.
What Are the Advantages of Interceptive Treatment?
Some of the most direct benefits of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for new teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth extraction
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Bader by calling us at 480-661-1818.