What is the reason for early treatment?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at age 7. Although orthodontic intervention may not be necessary at that time, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and be more prepared to begin treatment when it is ideal. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, 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 a two-phase treatment?
Some of the most direct results are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with the full set of braces in phase 2
Who needs orthodontic treatment?
It is important to know that orthodontics is not only for a perfect smile; orthodontic treatment improves improper bites which occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. This can affect the way you chew, clean your teeth or your smile, resulting in a healthier mouth.