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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s first visit to the orthodontist be by the age of seven. By this age, a child’s first permanent molars will probably be erupted. This timing is an appropriate opportunity to identify any potential bite or growth problems that could negatively impact your child’s dental and skeletal development.
By conducting an early assessment, it is possible to evaluate the alignment and eruption situation of the teeth within the available space of the jaw, as well as to assess growth patterns. Beginning treatment at an earlier period supports easier skeletal and dental adjustments, often will avert the future need for surgery, possibly lower overall expenses, and can allow for orthodontic treatments to be successfully accomplished by earlier ages.
What’s the difference between early and adult treatment?
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Early Treatment FAQ
Are Phase 1 Treatment and Early Treatment the same thing?
Phase 1 Treatment is done during the stages of early treatment. Dr. Barnes will assess your child’s baby teeth during the early treatment consultations and decide what the best treatment plan is moving forward. Early assessment decreases likelihood of in depth procedures, as well as decreases the time and cost of later orthodontic treatments.
How can I recognize potential bite problems?
Watching out for teeth protruding, gapping, crowding, and growing in where they shouldn’t are all indicative of a misaligned bite or jaw. You can also look to see if the teeth do not meet properly when the mouth is closed or if you child is having jaw aches/the jaw is making sounds when it’s moved. Less obvious signs to look for are mouth breathing, speech difficulty, biting on the inside of the cheek, or extended thumbsucking or pacifier use.
Will my child need to get teeth pulled?
Part of early treatment is preventing having to get teeth pulled. However, if teeth are severely crowded or coming in crooked or impacted it is not uncommon for one or more teeth to be pulled.