Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

This is a question we are asked often and it is a good one!  Although seeing an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at an early age 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. 

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Luis 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. 

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, Dr. Luis can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

You can request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Luis and he can answer all your questions about your child’s orthodontic treatment.

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