Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Through an early treatment evaluation, a child is given the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. A two-phased orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that involves jaw and facial changes (orthopedics) and tooth straightening (orthodontics). The emphasis today on living longer, staying healthy and looking attractive requires ideal treatment results. The major advantage of two-phase treatment is to develop an ideal, healthy, functional, aesthetically correct and comfortable result that will remain stable.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and better prospect to achieve an effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development.
Some of the most direct results of early orthodontic treatment are:
• Creating room for crowded erupting teeth
• Creating facial symmetry by influencing growth
• Preserving space for unerupted teeth
• Reducing the need for tooth removal
• Reducing treatment time with braces
Other benefits of early treatment:
• Correction of harmful habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
• Improved speech
• Reduction of time in fixed braces
• Improvement of nasal breathing
• Improvement to or elimination of airway constriction
• Development of the arches leading to beautiful, broad smiles
• Elimination of grinding of the teeth at night
• Possible prevention of headaches and earaches
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children receive a check-up from a dentist or orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.