The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or physician. When you visit early, the orthodontist can determine when the best time will be to start treatment. Treatment is often easier if started early enough since it can eliminate the need for removal of permanent teeth or jaw surgery.
What Are Some Benefits of Early Treatment for Adolescents and Children in Braces?
- Making room in the crowded mouth
- Making room for teeth that haven’t yet come in
- Reducing time in braces
- Assisting with symmetrical jaw growth
- Early addressing protruding teeth for the patient
What’s a malocclusion and why should it be treated early?
A malocclusion is when teeth are incorrectly positioned when the mouth is closed. Untreated malocclusions can cause in a number of issues:
- Crowded teeth are harder to brush and floss, This causes tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more likely to be accidentally chipped.
- Crossbites can cause uneven jaw development and uneven tooth wear.
- An open bite can cause a lisp and self-esteem issues.