Interceptive Orthodontics Treatment
By the age of seven, your child should receive an initial orthodontic evaluation, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. It is at this early age that prospective bite problems, alignment issues and development concerns can be properly addressed – the sooner an orthodontic issue is detected, the less time and effort it will take to be corrected.
This initial evaluation may reveal that your child’s bite will develop normally, or the orthodontist may detect issues that are invisible to the untrained eye. In this case, the orthodontist will then decide to monitor the child’s growth and subsequently prescribe treatment at the appropriate age, or determine that your child would benefit from early, interceptive orthodontic treatment.
Early orthodontic treatment may:
- Correctly guide the growth of your child’s jaw
- Reduce the possibility of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Rectify the effects of improper oral habits
- Improve the appearance of your child’s smile
- Ensure that permanent teeth move into the best possible position
- Help improve how the lips meet
Your child’s orthodontist may also decide that braces should be in your child’s near future. Thanks to advances in dental technology, traditional braces are much more comfortable and efficient than in previous years – they are now made of a nickel-titanium material and are much less noticeable than before. Very common among young teenagers, braces help create a healthier, more beautiful smile for your child.