About Early Treatment
As with early dental visits, it is important to begin screening early for potential orthodontic needs. The American Association of Orthodontists recommended children have their first orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7.
Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems before all permanent teeth have erupted to help correct and guide ideal dental growth, as well as identify and correct issues that may be more difficult to treat once all of the permanent teeth are in.
Early treatment, which usually takes place when there is a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth present ( ages 7 – 12 ), may be recommended. Treatment usually takes 6 to 12 months and a variety of appliances may be used to correct specific problems
Advantages to Early Treatment
- Moves the front teeth back so they will be less susceptible to injury.
- Improves relationships between upper and lower jaws, allowing for ideal future growth and development.
- Uses maximum advantage of growth for successful treatment.
- It improves facial appearance and self-esteem.
- Takes advantage of the good cooperation of the patient at this age.
- May avoid or reduce the need for extraction of teeth when patients are older.