When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
An orthodontist can certainly enhance a smile at any age, but there is an optimal time period to get started with the treatment. Beginning at the right time ensures the greatest result and minimal time & expense. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the initial evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this age, orthodontic treatment might not be necessary, but a thorough examination can help in anticipating the most advantageous time to begin the same.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation allows for a timely detection of problems and a better opportunity to avail effective treatment. With wise intervention, you can get the right guidance on growth and development that will allow to prevent severe problems later. When such orthodontic intervention isn’t necessary, an orthodontist can closely monitor growth & development. Also, he will get an idea as to when should he actually begin the treatment.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars come up, 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:
- It is useful in making room for crowded or erupting teeth
- Creates facial symmetry by influencing the growth of the jaw
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Minimizes the risk of trauma to those projecting front teeth
- Preserving space for teeth those have not yet emerged
- Decreases the further need for tooth removal
- Lowers the overall treatment time effectively with braces
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not just for enhancing the aesthetics of your smile; orthodontic treatment works on improving the bad bites (malocclusions) as well. This mainly occurs as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. And, it can also affect the way you smile, clean your teeth or chew food.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
As per the studies carried out by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can lead to a variety of dental problems:
- Crowded teeth are difficult to brush and floss properly, which can even contribute to tooth decay or gum diseases.
- Protruding teeth are comparatively at a higher risk to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can contribute to unfavorable growth as well as uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, it will not be wrong to say that orthodontics does more than enhancing a smile – it works to create a healthier and better version of you.