The American Association of Orthodontics Recommends Visiting the Orthodontist Around Age 7
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. 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 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, 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.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves 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.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions 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. Cross-bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open-bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile-it creates a healthier you.
The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between ages 11 and 15.
Why Adolescent Treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child first see an orthodontist by age 7 for early treatment and evaluation. However, most permanent teeth erupt by age 12. At this time, we can easily evaluate your teen's smile for crowding, gaps, and bite issues.
Another reason the early teenage years are a good time for orthodontic treatment is because teens do not yet have many of the negative associations with braces. Teens may see their friends wearing braces and will want to fit in and wear them, too.
In addition, adolescents are rapidly growing. We can use this time to shape their teeth and bite correctly as they continue to grow and develop. Teens at this age also have a high metabolism, which can decrease the overall treatment time and reduce discomfort.
If your teen is ready for adolescent treatment, contact us today!
Adult braces are more popular than ever.
Adults with Braces
When it comes to adult treatment, one thing is for sure: braces aren't just for kids anymore. If you have healthy gums and bones, we can change your tooth alignment at any age. At Smiles Orthodontics, we offer multiple treatment options designed just for adults like you. So why wait any longer? Your journey to a new smile can begin today!
Arguably the greatest benefit to getting orthodontic treatment later in life is the increase in self-esteem. Many patients have spent years feeling self-conscious about their smile only to find that braces drastically improved their facial aesthetics and self-confidence. Of course, healthy teeth and gums are important as well. Living with bite issues and crooked teeth can lead to tooth decay, bone loss, wearing of your tooth enamel, and headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ/TMD.
At Smiles Orthodontics, we use the latest appliances and orthodontic techniques to reduce your treatment time and increase your comfort. We offer multiple braces options, including traditional metal braces, translucent braces, and even clear aligners. To improve mild misalignment, we also offer transparent aligners that you can wear at night.
If you are ready for adult treatment, contact us today. During the initial examination, we can evaluate your smile and determine the best treatment for you.
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