Early Treatment

While an orthodontist can improve a smile at any point in life, there exists an optimal window to commence treatment, ensuring superior outcomes with minimized time and expenses.

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the initial orthodontic assessment should take place at the first indication of orthodontic issues or no later than age 7. While orthodontic intervention might not be immediately required at this young age, a thorough examination enables anticipation of the most opportune moment to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of an early orthodontic assessment?

Early evaluation offers timely detection of issues and a better chance for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides natural growth and development, preventing potential serious problems later on and potentially enhancing the facial appearance and smile. In cases where immediate orthodontic intervention isn't necessary, continuous monitoring by an orthodontist allows for optimal timing of treatment.

Why is age 7 considered the prime time for screening?

By age 7, the first adult molars emerge, establishing the back bite. During this period, an orthodontist can assess the relationships between front-to-back and side-to-side teeth. For instance, emerging incisors may indicate potential overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Early screening significantly enhances the chances of achieving straight teeth and a beautiful smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Several direct outcomes of interceptive treatment include:

- Creating space for crowded, erupting teeth
- Enhancing facial symmetry and harmony by influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for teeth that have yet to emerge
- Diminishing the necessity for tooth extraction
- Shortening the duration of braces treatment
- Detecting and addressing harmful oral habits
- Potentially averting the need for comprehensive orthodontic treatment later on.

Invisalign First is now available for children and teenagers, offering the option of treatment without braces or plates.

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